S (Scripture): John 4:42 The Samaritans said to the (Samaritan) woman, “No longer do we believe because of your words, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this one really is the Savior of the world.”
O (Observation): Jesus Christ had such an impact on the Samaritan woman, that she comes to believe that Jesus Christ is Lord. Then, she goes back to her own people, and shares this Good News of Jesus Christ, who can providing water that will quench thirst forever.
The woman with whom Jesus spoke became His advocate. This is the introduction to faith in Jesus, for the Samaritans.
And ironically, this scene begins part of the fulfillment of some words found earlier in this Gospel: John 1:11 He came to what was his own, but his own people did not receive him.
And who did receive him? The Gentiles/Samaritans. Ironic.
A (Application ): I can’t tell you how many times I blew off my parents’ advice. I can find my own way, thank you very much. I know better. I got this.
Sometimes we step out and learn on our own. Make mistakes, and hopefully learn. (And then later on, we regret that we hadn’t listened to our parents in the first place : )
Jesus wasn’t about to make anyone believe in him, not even his own people. He was simply going to do God’s will, which included sharing the Good News of forgiveness, grace, and love, that God extends to ALL people. So he had a conversation with a person who was outside the culturally accepted norm, and she came to believe.
Like a child not wanting the parents’ advice, most of Jesus’ own (i.e. the Jewish people) did not want to to hear that forgiveness was available to ALL people. All who believe are accepted.
Some of Jesus’ own came around, but he wasn’t concerned with winning them all over. He entrusted his disciples to the work of witnessing and healing and teaching.
And so we Dig Daily into Scripture. We listen for what God is saying to us at this moment. We seek to do God’s will. And we share this gift even if it’s just with one person at the watering hole. You never know with whom they’ll share the story and who might come to believe.
P (Prayer): Lord, I thank you for my parents who passed on the faith to me, but also who showed me how to embrace forgiveness and equality for all. Amen.