[I sometime wonder about Selwyn’s titles for some of the daily studies; and often smile to myself when I imagine someone doing a search on ‘oil wells’, in Google, or other search engines – and seeing this posting in their search results. 🙂 ]
I love Chapter 4 of John’s Gospel, actually – I can say that about most chapters in his gospel. These following verses are just fantastic, John 4:7- 15 (NLT): ‘ … Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”
Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?”
Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
“Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.” … ‘
The words of Jesus provide the source of hope that we all have for eternal life. We,who love Jesus, are filled with His love, which remains fresh and bubbles up within us, and overflows as streams of living water. Is this not – too wonderful to be true, yet it is! However, we need to ask Him – for this ‘water’, the asking reflects our love and the confidence we have in His word, that He will always provide us with what we spiritually need. Our confidence in His love – is the foundation stone of our relationship with God. Do you agree?
Selwyn mentions a word, which has – to a certain extent – lost its place in the hearts of many people who attend church. The need for repentance, when we realise that our thoughts and actions are not aligned with the direction given by the Holy Spirit, is mandatory – it’s not a nice option.
Selwyn writes in today’s study about a minister who had run ‘dry’, the bubbling spring within him has stopped flowing. This is part of what Selwyn had to say: “… A lost spiritual blessing cannot be recovered without repentance. If we have moved away from the Lord and ceased to be dependent on Him, the only way back is through the door of repentance.We need to say sorry for losing the connection between ourselves and the Lord. Next we need to surrender. This involves letting go … we must put ourselves at the disposal of the Deity. We substitute His will for ours.”
Today, nearly two thousand years after Jesus spoke to the woman at the well, His words to you and me, are still the same: “You – through the Scriptures – know of the gift God has for you and you should know that you have access to your living God; so that you can ask Me – and, I will give you – living water.”
The first part of Selwyn’s prayer for today, is a prayer all of us need to dwell on – most of our days: “O God, if I have been depending more on my own resources than I have on the Holy Spirit then forgive me, I pray. I repent. … ”
What are your thoughts?