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:
- The racial barrier (Jews had no dealings with Samaritans)
- The gender barrier (Jewish rabbis would not address women as Jesus did)
- 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.
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