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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Laying Hold of the Greater

The woman said to Him, "Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?"
~ John 4:11-12 (NKJV)

Jesus asserts to the Samaritan woman that He can provide living water which is greater than the well water for which He asks her. Can you hear the pride in her scoffing reply, as she asks if He is greater than Jacob, who is also named Israel?

The sibling rivalry among Jacob's sons goes back nearly two millennia. These Jews are named for Israel's son Judah, while the Samaritans trace their ancestry back to Israel himself. And who is the greater one, the father or his son? The Samaritans lay claim to the well of Jacob. What greater resource can this poor Jew offer a Samaritan in the moment at hand?

If you have a moment, determine what you'd define as your greatest human resource, upon which you most rely. It might be your name or your connections, your material possessions or your talent, your spouse or family or friends. (Think of your answer before you read on.)

Do you believe that Jesus offers in this moment something greater than your greatest resource? If you are willing to ask Him, you can receive it.

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  1. Some days my arms get tired from pulling back the sea with one hand and fending off the army with the other. Capability tends to get in my way. Constantly reminding myself that I'm only capable because He fashioned me that way is the only way to keep it real. Relevant. Honest. Thanks for a great post, Anne.

  2. Donna, I wish that His enabling didn't ever make me feel capable, and necessitate being brought back to nothing. I praise the Lord that He is a God Who delights in deliverance.


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