Lenten Devotion – Thirst
Saturday, March 18
Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”
It is noon and Jesus is tired from the long journey he has made with his disciples. He rests while the disciples go to get food in the nearby city. A Samaritan woman of questionable character approaches him and he asks her for a drink of water. The woman is very wary of the tired gentleman because she recognizes that he is a Jew. And Samaritans and Jews do not socialize.
Jesus neither rejects nor discriminates against her; his sole purpose in conversing with the woman is to allow her the opportunity to recognize her sins and to give her hope that her sins can be forgiven. He was not there to judge her for her sins, but to give her a taste of the living water that never runs dry – God’s amazing grace.
Prayer: Dear Lord, in this time of distrust and chaotic behavior, help us to grow closer to your word and meditate on the song, which states:
Amazing grace how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind but now I see.
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believed.
– Loretta Tate