John 4:1-15, 25-29 (NIV)

1 The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John,  2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3 When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. 4 Now he had to go through Samaria.  5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.  6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour. 7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”  8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 9 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. ) 10 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.”  11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?” 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”  

25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” 26 Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.”

27 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?” 28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ ?”      

John 4:14 (NIV)

14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”   

DEVOTION -Sue Tornai (California)

On a Saturday night I drove to a nearby bakery, thinking a piece of French silk pie would soften my deep loneliness.  When the waitress said, “We’re fresh out,”  I left with my emotions out of control.  Back at my apartment, I realized I had tried to supply a spiritual need with a physical solution.  Although I had chosen my ways over God’s ways too long, I cried out to God that night.  I was amazed at how quickly I felt God’s presence, peace, and love.

I suddenly identified with the woman in John 4.  John didn’t give her a name, just “a Samaritan woman.”  When Jesus spoke to her about living water, she said to him,  “Give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here’ (John 4:15)>  At first she didn’t understand that Jesus spoke of spiritual water, but the longer Jesus talked the more convinced she was that he was the Messiah.  Leaving her water jar, she ran to tell the people in Sychar about a man who knew all about her.

In a similar way God’s peace that Saturday night inspired me to return to a community of faithful people.  I went back to church and began reading the Bible.  I found the courage I needed to share with others how God had comforted me.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Pie is good, but God is better.

PRAYER: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for loving us and changing us into who you want us to be.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: LONELY PEOPLE

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