Day 7 John 4:1-26
Scripture: John 4:1-26
Today, the woman at the well encounters Jesus. Put yourself in her sandals as you read.
Read Verses 1-3. Those silly Pharisees; they still think this is a competition! But they’re probably thinking about Jesus quickly gaining all of these followers in a political way. They didn’t want to upset the stability in place with the Roman government, and anyone gaining followers was perceived as a threat. So Jesus leaves this region. John summarizes this time of Jesus gaining followers in a matter of three sentences. The other gospels take much more time describing the initial miracles and teaching that led to amassing followers and Jesus’ clan—the apostles. Why do you think John (or God writing through John) chooses to focus less on these areas?
Read Verses 4-15. First, Jews didn’t like Samaritans, and here’s a Jew, Jesus, traveling through Samaria, bound to meet a Samaritan. We don’t know her name, just the woman at the well, and the next to individually encounter Jesus. Why do you think John leaves out her name? She is coming to the well to get drinking water, so Jesus starts a simple conversation with her about water that turns into a beautiful Biblical truth about quenching her thirst eternally. Is it easy or hard for you to draw near to God like the woman at the well draws near to Jesus? Have you experienced God quenching your thirst? How?
Read Verses 16-26. This woman’s life is a mess. She’s not the type of person who’s accepted by others. But Jesus accepts her, talks with her despite her sin-filled life, and gives her some incredible nuggets of Truth. How important is acceptance to you? We are all sinners, just like the woman at the well, but God loves us and gives us grace—He accepts us. Do you let God be all you need? When we draw near to Him, He speaks Truths to us too, even today while you’re reading His Word.
I’m a mess, just like the woman at the well. And I seek the acceptance of others and place way too much importance in it. You accept me just the way I am, and You are all I need to quench my thirst!
God, thank You for leaving the woman at the well nameless, so all of the generations after her, including me, can easily put ourselves in her place and know that You accept me too and that no one else’s acceptance matters. I need that Truth resonating through my thoughts each day. Help me to seek You and only You to quench my thirst.