Daily Scripture: Day 233—John 4

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READING: John 4

Our Lord always adapted Himself perfectly and graciously to the people He encountered. In John 3 He challenged Nicodemus to revisit the knowledge he should have had as a “teacher of Israel” (v. 10). But in John 4 He gradually revealed His true nature to an obscure woman at a well in Samaria. Even in the mere act of speaking to her, Jesus overcame three barriers: 

  1. The racial barrier (Jews had no dealings with Samaritans)
  2. The gender barrier (Jewish rabbis would not address women as Jesus did) 
  3. The social barrier (this woman had a poor reputation among her own people) 

Jesus knew everything she had done, and yet He gently and lovingly offered her the living water of eternal life.

Prayer

Lord, I give thanks that You know me through and through, and still You love me and desire intimacy with me. Give me the grace of holy desire so that I will respond eagerly to Your gracious and loving initiatives.

Meditation passage: verses 10, 13–14, 23–24