Devotions for the Week of March 19, 2017

Meditation for the Week of March 19, 2017

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”  John 4:10 

The Samaritan woman at the well hadn’t exactly lived a God-pleasing life. She had refused to hear the Word of God as it was preached by the prophets. She bowed down in worship before the false gods of the nations around her, pretending that they were all the same God revealed to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. She had forsaken marriage vows five times and was now with a man she was not married to, mocking God’s gift of marriage. She had gone astray.

When Jesus started speaking to her, asking for a drink of water, she started playing a game of conversational chess with Jesus. She dodged His questions, tried changing the subject, and carefully avoided answering Him with the clear truth. But that’s the way it always goes with sinners who are hiding from God. Adam and Eve did it in the Garden of Eden after they broke God’s commandment and hid from Him. Time after time, Israel tried to match wits with God whenever they were caught in their trespasses. We do it too. The Lord speaks to us and we try to dodge Him. We justify our sinful behaviors, saying that it’s not really bad, or that everyone else is doing it, or that we just don’t feel like God’s Word is the best way. We behave just like the Samaritan woman at the well and hope that if we just play chess with God well enough that we can win and He’ll let us keep doing what we’re doing, even if it isn’t pleasing to Him.

Don’t be fooled. God is not mocked. He doesn’t want us to run from Him. He doesn’t want us to keep living the way we have been. He wants us to return to Him and to live in the paths of His Truth. So He calls us back. He tells us to turn away from our self-chosen ways and to walk in His ways. In order to call us back, He sends His Son. Jesus has come into our fallen world to speak the Truth to us. He reminds us of how much we need salvation. He shows us our great need for Him. He offers us living water so that we’ll never be thirsty again, so that we’ll never wander away from Him in order to find something else to satisfy our thirst. And where is this living water? It’s in His Word.

Everything we could ever need to satisfy us is found in God’s Word. In His Word He shows us what pleases Him. He shows us what faith toward Him and love toward our neighbor is. He reveals His Son and the forgiveness and eternal life that He has won on the cross. He delivers that life and salvation to us every time we hear those words of promise. This is our spring of living water, a spring that will never dry up, that will quench our thirst so deeply that we’ll never need anything else to satisfy us for all eternity.

           

Our Weekly Prayer

Please consider praying this prayer as part of your daily prayers.

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy, be gracious to all who have gone astray from Your ways and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of Your Word; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.