Our scripture this week is John 4:5-42.

“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
John 4:11-14

Do we sometimes hear the wrong message from Jesus? Not that Jesus ever sends us a wrong message, but we sometimes miss the meaning. We may not be intentionally rejecting what He tells us, but in our humanness we sometimes misunderstand.

Last week we heard about Nicodemus who was unable to get the true meaning of being born again, at least right away. Today the Samaritan woman tells Jesus “the well is deep and you have nothing to draw with”. Actually it is she who has “nothing to draw with” from the well of living water until she believes in Christ and His message of salvation.

We must listen carefully to the lessons Jesus brings us, making sure we hear His word and not a message filtered by our earthly desires or expectations. Jesus wants only the best for us, but it is up to us to choose the living water He offers.

Loving Lord, we often miss the meaning of Your message of hope to us because we only hear what we want to hear. Open our ears to Your love and help us to resend that love to all the world. Amen.

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