Do you ever feel like you are on the outside looking in? It is the feeling of not being wanted; not belonging. Sometimes it is because of something that we have done to damage a relationship. Other times, it is prejudice or jealousy that separates us. Whatever the case, it is a lonely feeling to believe that no one understands or cares about you.
This is the situation for the Samaritan woman in John 4. She had multiple failed marriages and was currently having an affair, and as a result, had developed a reputation in her community. She was considered cursed, someone to stay away from, and unworthy of belonging in her community.
In her story, Jesus steps in and invites her into a new way of thinking about belonging and acceptance. What He does is controversial and shocking. Men did not talk to women they were not associated with. Jews did not talk to Samaritans. Teachers did not talk to the morally corrupt.
However, Jesus models a new way to think about ourselves and others. He invites her into a relationship with Him. Here is a bit of the story:
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans). Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
– John 4:7-10
This “Living Water” was the truth that there is a God who will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5), a God who is on your side (Psalm 118:6), a God who invites you into a relationship with Him (Matthew 11:28).
So, are you ready to accept God’s invitation for a relationship? Are you ready to break the lie that you are all alone and that no one understands or cares? Are you ready to drink living water? Further, are you willing to break down your prejudice and the resentment you hold toward another so that they can experience God’s love today?
• Pray that God will soften your heart to receive and give His love.