walk in the word
Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.” —John 4:16-19
Jesus was talking with a Samaritan woman we only know as the woman at the well. He asked her for a drink and then talked about the living water, which is really Himself. When we pick up the story at verse 16, the conversation is about to turn a corner. Just talking with Jesus turns out to be life-changing.
When Jesus said to her, “Go call your husband and come here,” He was making an unexpected yet significant request. Her answer was a half-truth that He immediately challenged: “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband.”
The woman had just asked Him for some of His living water (v.15), and His response was to suddenly expand the discussion. Whatever Jesus had to offer wasn’t just for her—it would also affect all her relationships. Which isn’t a big surprise, as God is always about the totality of our lives.
In essence, Jesus was saying what God says to each of us, Why don’t you drop your guard a little? You just spun the truth by telling me you have no husband at the moment, but I know about all those other men. And I know you—and I’m still talking to you.
His straight talk with this woman was not hard, but both tender and truthful. No wonder she could think of no other response but “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.” Talking with Jesus changed her view of Him and her view of herself.
As this episode with the woman at the well illustrates, when we talk to the Lord, we’re connecting with the One who knows everything and cuts right to the heart of the matter. He understands us just as intimately today as He knew that woman in Sychar. Isn’t it phenomenal to realize we can drop all of our posing and be who we really are? God knows us yet He loves us, and even in our imperfection and sinfulness, He invites us to trust Him.
Jesus can meet you where you are today just as surely as He met that woman. God will speak to you by His Word and Spirit and you can tell Him what’s on your heart. Are you ready to listen?
You may not be at a well, but He has living water for you. Your personal issues may be different than this woman’s, but your heavenly Father knows them—and He has the answers you need.
What aspects of your life has God recently spoken to you about in His Word?
How would you describe your responses when God brings a matter to your attention?
Father, to borrow David’s admission in Psalm 139, You have searched me and known me. You know me so much better than I know myself. You always speak truth into my life, whether I accept it or not. You command, correct, instruct, and guide me, but most of all, You love me as You talk to me. You love me with a love I can spend the rest of time and eternity discovering and will never reach the end. Thank You for speaking into my life, Lord. Please continue that good work in me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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