Encounter at the well


“Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
(John 4:10)

Tired from the journey Jesus sat down at the well outside of a town in Samaria called Sychar whilst His disciples went on to buy food. Alone there He met a Samaritan woman who had come to draw water. She was by herself which indicated that the other women of the town had rejected her. Jesus asked her to give Him a drink.

The woman was astonished that a Jewish man should speak to her. The Jews despised the Samaritans whom they considered to have lost their racial purity and relationship with God through marriage with foreigners. In addition a strict Rabbi would not speak to any woman in public, let alone one whose actions revealed her to be a social outcast. It turned out that she was living with a man who was not her husband after five previous relationships had failed.

In spite of her bankrupt life – it could be said that even because of it – Jesus brushed aside tradition and engaged her in conversation. He led their discussion in such a way that it became clear that He was offering her the Living Water of eternal life – if she would have it. Only someone who knew what it was to be a social and spiritual outcast could really understand and appreciate the real value of this gift. ‘To be wanted, to be cared for when no one, not even herself, could see anything of value in her’ – this was love and grace indeed.

We may think ourselves to be of no value – but God values us. Will we let Him?

It’s not how good you are but how great He is.


Lord You offer me Your hand and Your heart – please help me to say yes and to allow You to embrace and hold me forever. Amen.



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