Daily Devotional 3-12-19

Grace at the Well: Blind to the Gift

Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.  Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”  The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”  –John 4:9-12 The unnamed woman’s response to Jesus’ request for water reveals how she had been blinded by the history of hostility between the Jews and Samaritans. She immediately raised cultural boundaries and walls. She would not entertain any dealings with this Jew.  A lot of times in life, people who have unhealed history of brokenness and hurt often respond to those with good intentions from their past pain. They end up driving such people out of their lives because of the level of mistrust. However, Jesus would not relent in his pursuit of this hurting and hungry woman. God is not scared by our hurt-born negativities.  Jesus knew the woman was searching for something in life that only he could provide, and was willing to endure her negativity until she surrendered. Have you witnessed a situation where someone had rejected an important gift? This was the situation of this woman. She was in the presence of the Gift of God but could not recognize him. Jesus’ words to her were pointing to his identity, but culture, tradition, and her own challenges have tightly veiled her from seeing Christ.

True enlightenment leads to the recognition, reception, and the worship of Christ Jesus!
 
The woman saw Jesus merely as a Jew. How do you see Jesus? Do you see him as someone who could bring true transformation and satisfy the longings of your soul? Or you see him as a mere religious icon, and a moral teacher?
 
Your perception of Jesus determines what you receive from him!
 
Prayer: Lord, renew my perception of Christ so that I may whole-heartedly trust and be open to him.
 
Question: Are there issues from your past or present situation that are preventing you from receiving healing grace from Christ?