would meet this woman there, he waited alone until she arrived around noontime. Women would usually come together in the cool of the morning but, she came alone in the heat of the day.
Normally, a Jewish man would not speak to a woman in public much less a hated Samaritan. But Jesus surprised her by engaging her in conversation.
He offered her living water, an invitation to believe in Him. Then He said, “Go and 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. The fact is you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband.’” (John 4:16-18)
Some scholars suggest Jesus revealed the reason she came alone. Her past may have caused the other women to shun her. If so, she would have come alone to avoid their judgment and rejection. Whatever was true about her life, she likely had experienced deep pain and feelings of unworthiness.
After further discussion, Jesus then revealed His identity. When she mentioned waiting for the Messiah, He declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am He” (John 4:26).
The woman believed Jesus and ran to tell everyone in town about the Messiah (John 4:29).
The woman, presumably isolated because of her past, told everyone about Jesus. As this woman learned, Jesus’s love for us frees us to share that love with others.
Each of these Bible characters learned an important lesson: We are all inadequate by ourselves, but God welcomes and loves us exactly as we are. When we are weak, He reveals His strength through us (2 Corinthians 12:10). Our limitations don’t limit God. In Him, we are complete. He says to us, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Insisting we should be strong by ourselves is the true weakness. When we lean on our own strength, we turn from depending on God and then we fail. James wrote, “But He gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble’” (James 4:6).
The strongest person admits her weaknesses. The greatest is the one who walks in humility. When we acknowledge we can do nothing apart from God and trust Him to work in us, then we walk in victory. We must turn our eyes from ourselves altogether and focus on the One who’s the source of all good things. Then we give Him all the glory.
God received the glory for the great acts of Moses and Gideon. He was the One who spoke through Jeremiah. He healed the bleeding woman and the Centurion’s servant. He transformed the Samaritan woman. He showed His glory through each one and they found their strength and identity in Him. We can also when we trust in Him.
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