Sunday, February 17, 2019
Wanting Too Little
John 4:10 – 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." (NIV)
been sensing an inclination among God's people: wanting too little from
God. I call it Expectancy Deficit Disorder — EDD. We are at risk of
wanting something less than what God has for us. We don't ask because
we don't expect it.
That was the initial problem for the
woman Jesus met at Jacob's well. When Jesus spoke of her personal life,
she redirected the conversation to an ongoing religious conflict:
John 4:20 – Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you
Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem. (NIV)
Jesus did not take sides but instead announced an entirely
different system of worship:
John 4:24 – God is
spirit, and his worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth. (NIV)
Connection with the Father would no longer be confined to location
or religious practice — that is, place or form. That was an
inflexible "old wineskin" worship system. Place and form were now
replaced by spirit and truth through the living water, the Spirit ruling in
the hearts of anyone who wants it.
At first, the woman asked for
His living water so she wouldn't have to trudge to the well anymore.
But she wasn't asking for enough — not yet. Jesus helped her
overcome her EDD, and then, she drank deeply of the living water. Soon,
other Samaritans discovered it through her witness and His presence among
them. Their lives were transformed. Amazingly, this entire event occurred
outside any traditional place and form of worship!
Last year, I
visited Jacob's well in the West Bank. An Orthodox Church now sits over
the well. While visiting the site, I noticed bullet holes in the church
gate and walls — signs of historical conflict. I say, people will
keep fighting over "old wineskin" worship systems while they are
afflicted with EDD: wanting too little. Oh, the anguish that results
— even at the very location where Jesus offered something better.
The woman's social/religious status didn't likely improve
much afterwards, but she had experienced living water. Now she enjoyed
favour and affirmation with God; no one could rob this from her.
That's what's so wonderful about God's best. We, too, need
not rely on human power or structure to give it; and no human power or
structure can take it from us, because it wells up from within. We can be
satisfied with God's best, even where the worship system groans and
cracks like rigid old wineskins. The Samaritan woman reminds us that we can
be witnesses of God's best in any environment.
4:2b – You do not have, because you do not ask God. (NIV)
Do you want and expect God to provide you His best? Then you'll
definitely ask for it — perhaps like this:
Merciful Father, use my church disappointments to awaken a thirst for
living water. I want my satisfaction in You to grow ever deeper. Amen.
Diane Eaton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Paisley, Ontario, Canada
Today's Verse: 1 Peter
5:6-7 – Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty
hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him
because he cares for you. (NIV)
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One-Year* Scripture Passage: Matthew 17-19
Two-Year* Scripture Passages: Judges 10; Matthew 26:57-75
Canadian Bible Society Daily Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
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