John 4:15-18/ 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.” He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband.18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
I thought it was funny that I had plans of looking into WWJD throughout this story but every day God reveals new and awesome truths to show me how my plans don’t really mean that much. That’s been the cool part of typing out these God Gold messages, as much as I want to do it my way and dig into stuff that I want to talk about, He’s always showing me that His ways are so much better. It’s tough to step aside from what I think is best and that’s the same way with anything in life. At the end of the day, He’s always going to be so much better than I could ever be and I’m stinkin thankful I can share Him with y’all!
Looking at what the woman says responding to Jesus’ statements of truth about living water, of course she’s like “yeah give me some of that! Then I won’t have to continuously come to the well day after day trying to be filled and find my peace and joy in something that’ll always leave me wanting more.” I can’t tell you how many times in my life I’ve went after everything and anything to try and fill that void of emptiness with the hope that maybe I’ll finally have that peace and joy in my life. The result of trying to fill myself with what I got or what this world offers is me being empty at the end of the day. I don’t know how many times I’ve said “Yes Lord, I’ll take all the living water I can get because I’m tired of feeling this way.” Going through the same temporary pleasures, listening to the same lies I tell myself on how this time maybe they’ll give me the comfort and strength I need to overcome my situation or to just make me feel better. It’s so easy when you come to the end of yourself and you realize how incapable and weak you really are, and also realize just how much you need Christ to be your Savior. It’s easy to say you need Him but to come to the point where you truly and desperately need Him so you stop chasing all these things that you used to put your hope in and chase Him even harder, that takes more than just saying it.
It’s awesome how in the moment this woman starts saying “oh yeah that living water that sounds great, I’ll take some.” Jesus then asks her a question about her husbands, because he already knew how many husbands she had. He already knew that she was a prostitute and this was big area of her life where sin was present. So before she gets all excited about drinking this living water, Jesus makes sure she realizes her weakness and sin. Jesus is wanting to show her that anybody can say they need Him but to actually need Him, that starts with the humbling of ones self to see the sin, weakness and brokenness of themselves. Then the need for Jesus and His living water is magnified even more. He wants her to realize how she can’t do this life on her own, that her struggles are too much for her to handle and her need for a Savior. Her desperate need for Living water!
One of my biggest downfalls has always been honesty. Most of all honesty with myself. One of the hardest things to do is admit that I messed up or I need help. In the world we live in it teaches us to be self-confident and self-sufficient but to truly embrace Christ and our need for Him, we have to put the word, “self” aside. It’s so hard to confess that we are sinners, that we’ll sin everyday the rest of our lives, we’ll mess up, we’ll fail because we are weak, broken, and we suck. It’s hard to speak that truth to yourself, to come to terms with who you really are. It’s hard even hearing that but it’s the truth. That’s the beauty of the gospel, we suck and if it wasn’t for Christ coming to save us we still suck so everyday we’re still going to suck. Since Christ gave us Salvation, it’s not just a one time thing, He saves us daily and He also gives us the power and opportunity to realize every day our need for Him. The easy thing to do is lie to yourself, rationalize and justify the things you do, the moments of failure and we do that to make ourselves few better.
These truths are a big part of my relationship with the Lord because without realizing them I’m afraid I’d be stuck in the same old lies and excuses that I used to make, living life everyday thinking that I could figure it out or that I wasn’t really that bad. Living that way only leads to going throughout your years on earth in a sleepwalk. Walking throughout your days listening to the same old lies, putting your hope in the same old regular water, always having to go back to the well every single day for more water because you can never quite quench that thirst for more.
The good news is that Jesus gives a way out of that life of sleepwalking and lies. Jesus allows us to realize the need for Him, the need for change, the means by which to change and become better, to realize Who He truly is, what He’s sacrificed and won for us, what He’s promised us, and how much we desperately need Him. That all starts with coming to terms with the fact that we suck. By ourselves we don’t stand a chance and we’ll always look for that “more” in all the wrong places but speaking truth to yourself, confessing your mistakes, sins, and weakness. That’s the moment you realize your need for a Savior and when you come into His truth. He’ll show you through daily learning about Him and what He’s capable of doing in your life that Jesus “secret stuff” or living water, is victory. He’s the truth, through Him He allows us to be filled with that “more” we were looking for and to believe and put our trust in the “more” He’s made us for and He’s promised to give us! I’m excited to tell ya that you don’t have to keep going to the well. Even if you went to the well yesterday, just speak truth over the lies, embrace the suck, embrace the need for a Savior and just because you went to the well yesterday or the last 1,000 days, Jesus says with Him you don’t have to go to the well today. He’s going to supply you with the Living water you’ve been looking for!