Monday, May 22, 2023

Daily Devotion: The Samaritan Woman – A Picture of Acceptance

Bible Reading:  John 4:1-42 

Key Verse: Verse  7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

Key Words: There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water

This I believe is one of the greatest stories in the Bible.  John repeats the conversation between Jesus and the woman with great detail.  It is a dramatic story and is told so vividly that we could easily believe John was at the well himself that day quietly listening and watching as the story unfolds.  Only the Apostle John tells us of this day in the life of the Lord.

There are several things we know about this woman.

  • She was a Samaritan, and the Jews had no dealings with Samaritans (verse 9).

  • She was a religious woman, but she was not saved (verse 20).

  • She was no doubt rejected by others for her lifestyle.  One does not draw water at noon.  Early morning and early evening are the times water would have been drawn (verse 6).

  • She was not a successful wife.  She had been married and divorced five times (verse 18).

  • She was also living in adultery (verse 18).

Isn’t it great that Jesus accepts us where we are and takes us to where we need to be? 

I was dealing with a 14 year-old who was experiencing some problems in life, as many 14 year-olds do.  During our conversation, I simply asked her if she had been immoral sexually.  She began to weep and informed me that she was pregnant.  I asked her if her parents knew, and they didn’t.  I then informed her that we would have to tell them and her grandparents. 

As she was telling them of her sin and pregnancy, she began to sob.  Mother began to weep, Dad became upset, Grandmother cried, but it was the older, wiser Grandpa who took charge by slapping his knee with his hand and saying, “Come here, dear” – which she did.  Embracing his granddaughter, he told her that he loved her and that by God’s grace, all could be healed and made right again, which eventually it was.

Today, dear friend, that’s what Jesus wants to do with you: embrace you where you are and take you to where you need to be, whether that is salvation or restoring your relationship with the Lord and with others.  Today, come to Jesus.

What to do:
✞ Come as you are to Jesus, He’ll change you and take you where you need to be.

 As believers, let us never judge others and hinder the work of God.

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