Did you know that God knows EVERYTHING about you—every secret you would not want to share with anybody—and yet He still loves you UNCONDITIONALLY? As I have said before, If that doesn’t light the fire of your faith . . . your wood’s wet!
The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” He told her, “Go 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. What you have just said is quite true.”
This is John’s account of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. It is one of the most beautiful pictures of God’s grace in all of sacred Scripture. Here is a woman scorned by everyone who knew her. She would not come to the well when all the other women were there because of their disdain and her shame. She came at the hottest time of the day, hoping to see no one while she drew her water. She had no idea that she was right on time for her divine appointment with Jesus, who was waiting to shower His grace upon her shame-filled life.
The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.”
The woman ran back to town, completely forgetting her water jar, running right into the midst of all those she had been so careful to avoid, and told them all, “Come see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” John 4:39 reports that this Samaritan woman evangelized her town and many came to faith in Jesus because of her testimony! For the very first time in her life, she was “naked and unashamed” as she stood before the Holy One of God.
What was true for this Samaritan woman is true for me and you today. We are all “naked” before God. Remember, Jesus knew what the Pharisees were thinking and frequently commented on it (Matthew 9:4, Mark 2:8, Luke 5:22). Yet we are still loved unconditionally. Jesus knows our every thought, word, deed, and desire, and He still loves us!
This kind of “Almighty awareness” should be a source of tremendous comfort to us. To be fully known and completely loved is the desire of every heart; only in Christ can we find this kind of love. Jesus was in a habit of showering down his love on the lowest in society—outcasts like the Samaritan woman—and it drove the religious establishment absolutely mad. They could not bring themselves to associate with “sinners,” because they simply could not see the sin in their own lives. The log in their eyes blinded them to this truth.
So . . . regardless of where this finds you today, whether you are climbing to the summit or crushed under the waves of challenge, the Almighty is aware of every aspect of your life and is absolutely, 100% for you. And if Jesus is for you, it really doesn’t matter what comes up against you . . . even thoughts of past mistakes!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!