Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
It was noon, another time for her to fetch water. A time when nobody is near the well because of the hot sun. It was supposed to be a normal day. A still hopeless day, but she was surprised to see a Man sitting by the well and their conversation turned a normal day to an extraordinary one, to a life changing day, the most unforgettable day of her life.
If you are going to read the whole story you’ll realize that you are like the Samaritan woman. You go to the well to fetch some water to quench your thirst, and you do that everyday when no one is around to see you, to judge you of what you are and of what you’ve done and been doing. You are like her, a hopeless case.
Hope is more than just a word. It is something that you need to keep living. It is hope that makes you expect something wonderful will happen or something good is waiting for you as you walk the journey. But what happens when hope is gone? When you can’t find any reason to go on? When you don’t see the point of living at all? When you become hopeless there is this emptiness inside of you that you really wanted to fill. Then you start to fill it with the wrong things; drugs, sex, alcohol, pornography, anything to satisfy the cravings of your flesh. You keep drinking the wrong water all over again and you continue to get stuck on that muck and dire that you so wanted to escape.
(Reference for the content from here onwards: http://www.intouch.org/watch/when-all-hope-is-gone)
Various life circumstances cause people to experience hopelessness.
This was the case for the Samaritan woman.
- First of all, she made wrong choices.
- Second, she repeatedly failed.
- Third, she may have felt trapped.
- Finally, she was isolated from her community.
A personal encounter with Jesus Christ radically changes people’s lives.
- Jesus broke all the established social barriers by starting a conversation with the Samaritan woman.
- The woman was immediately interested in the living water He offered.
- When Jesus asked about her husband, she perceived His prophetic insight.
- After Jesus claimed He was the Messiah, she immediately believed.
- This once discouraged and ostracized woman became the city evangelist for Christ.
The Samaritan woman began that day as a rejected and hopeless woman but found her hope restored in Jesus because He accepted her and loved her unconditionally. As believers, we are called to pass the living water on to thirsty people who don’t know where to find it and to lead them into a relationship with Him, just as Jesus did for the Samaritan woman.
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