Friday, June 5, 2020

Devotionals for the Heart: The Woman at the Well and the Savior of the world

At the Well
A devotional by Mirachelle Canada

Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” 
–John 4:13-15 (ESV)

She was struggling, and He knew it all. Every detail that could be used against her. She saw no way out and had resigned to stay in sin. She was an outcast and went to the well in the heat of the day to avoid the ridicule and judgement she probably felt internally every minute of the day.

How often do we too choose to stay in difficult situations because of sin and feelings of shame?

Jesus Christ waited at Jacob’s Well for the sin-struggling Samaritan woman. She was the first to whom He verbally revealed Himself as The Messiah. The significance of His act is that it placed them both in a precarious position. Jesus was a Jewish man talking to a Samaritan woman. He had crossed a cultural boundary, “for Jews did not associate with Samaritans” (John 4:9), as well as a social one, for He as a man conversing with an adulteress woman at a public place. It could be classified as a meeting contrary to everyone’s expectations of the “savior of the world” (John 4:42).

Jesus took a risk to change the woman’s life because as the Messiah, He was and is the bringer and sustainer of life. The woman was intrigued when she thought she could receive a ‘living water’, never to grow thirsty again or have the need to keep coming to the well; to keep from facing her sin (John 4:15). But what Jesus was offering her was not the chance to run from her problems, but to change them by His spirit and truth.

Why then don’t we immediately bring our burdens and surrender them to the one who knows all? Jesus was not repelled or offended by the woman’s sin. He offered her the chance at a new life despite it. It was her chance to be saved and to be changed by the living water of eternal life (John 4:13). He afforded the same offering to all that believe on Him as the woman did (John 4:42).

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t always come to God first but have relied on my own experience to work around some of my problems. Truthfully, I have never found my own way through them either. The solution has always been to surrender them to Jesus, the one who’s always waiting with unconditional love. I know that He sees me beyond the situation I am in. Each time, instead of asking me to draw the water from the well where He’s been waiting for me, I am given the living water straight from His loving hands.

Will you bring your current burden to Jesus at the well with me today? Let us come and seek our savior at the well-spring of life. He knows what we need and what we should do. In turn, He’s waiting to reveal more of Himself, His truth, and His love as only the Savior of the world can.

Author Bio:
Mirachelle Canada is a writer, playwright, screenwriter, and theatre director/producer from Northern Virginia, where she teaches television production at her high school alma mater.

She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Script & Screenwriting from Regent University and is an alumnus of Act One: Hollywood Film & Television Writing Program.

Mirachelle is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, American Fiction Writers Virginia Chapter, The Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild, and Your Novel Blueprint.

She is currently working on her first historical fiction novel set during WWII.

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