Daily Devotional 3-14-19

GRACE AT THE WELL: Awakened to Myself

Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’  for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. John 4:16-19
 
Jesus continues to dig deep into the Samaritan woman’s life by asking deep probing questions.  Like most of us, this woman has many skeletons in her closet that she was not ready or willing to bring out. At this time, the woman was still oblivious to the actual identity of the man with whom she has been chatting. By divine knowledge, Jesus brings up the woman’s past relationships with five men. A revelation hit the woman like a thunderbolt with a massive dose of shocks. Jesus was serious with her. His intention was to make her holy, not just happy! As such, he would engage her on such a difficult subject.
 
Surprisingly, she did not throw a temper tantrum. She recognized Jesus as a prophet. Wow! How humble she was! She was suddenly compelled to face her hidden self. Barclay writes, “there are two revelations in Christianity: the revelation of God and the revelation of ourselves.” We cannot really see who we are until we are in the presence of Christ. Our Christian journey begins with our realization of our brokenness, and our subsequent need for God’s redeeming grace. Isaiah saw a vision of God in the temple, and he recognized his own uncleanliness (Isaiah 6:1-5).
 
The prideful cannot receive God’s grace!
 
God’s work of transformation can only happen to us when we sincerely acknowledge our sins.  In a culture of guilt and shame, we often fail to face ourselves, because we cannot even bear the weight of our sinfulness. But, hear the good news: Christ has seen the worst form of shame on the cross, and is willing to show compassion and not condemnation.
 
For how long would you desire complete freedom, yet be afraid to offer your past to Christ? For how long would you allow your past to hunt your future? Jesus is inviting you to open your closet and pick up WHATEVER is in there and drop it at the foot of the cross.
 
Prayer: Lord Jesus, heal me emotionally and psychologically that I may break free from past that seeks to imprison my future of total freedom.