Re:Verse reading–John 4:4-30, 39-42 (day one)
“Go call your husband, and come back.”–v 16.
What memories must have flooded into her mind as Jesus spoke this command. Early years. Young love. Tension, anger and ultimately collapse of the first marriage. Then other men. Many. Social consequences and shame.
Why uncover such painful memories? Why revisit this shameful subject? Because the gift of God (up-bubbling fountain of life) comes only on the condition of repentance and faith! The wound must be lanced and cleansed before healing can come.
We all hide from shame. Keep secrets. Try to forget. The Samaritan is not unique.
He is faithful to remind us. Nothing that has occurred in our lives has escaped his notice or been simply forgotten. Healing requires us to face the brokenness.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and cleanse us.” With stern mercy He probes us so that life-giving water can flow.