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Open up: Devotion for March 23, 2014

March 23rd, 2014 6:00 am by Becky Whitlock

Open up: Devotion for March 23, 2014

"Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to town and said to the people, 'Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?'" — John 4:28-29 (NIV)

A Samaritan woman meets a tired Jesus by the town's well and an unlikely conversation about water and theology begins between the two. But when Jesus tells her he knows that she has been married five times and is now living with a man to whom she is not married, the woman is stunned and declares Jesus to be a prophet and wonders if he is the Messiah. She then goes back to town and tells everyone that this man knows everything about her! 

How many of us, hearing the very secrets of our lives spoken aloud by a stranger, would announce that fact to all the people we know? Furthermore, how many of us would even begin to think the stranger was the Messiah, God's eternal promise incarnate? We would more likely think the stranger was employed by a government agency sent to spy on us than we would think of the stranger as a gift. 

Yet it is that intimate knowledge that Jesus has of the Samaritan woman that allows her to proclaim Jesus as the Christ and to let Jesus into her life. When we hold on to the pretense that we can hide our sins from God, we lose the chance to have the open, honest relationship with God that Jesus gave us the faith to have. God desires our vulnerability because then God can give us all we truly need.

Prayer: All-knowing God, we cannot hide from You and yet we spend much of our time trying to hide our vulnerabilities from You. Give us faith to open ourselves up to Your never-failing love and grace. Amen.

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