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Daily Verse: “Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.” (John 4:6 ESV)
KOPIAO (2872): “This word means to grow weary, tired, exhausted with toil or burdens or grief and to labour with wearisome effort, bodily labour, toiling and is translated: “bestow labour.””[i]
Exhaustion builds over time; the longer we toil, the more it grows. Jesus, tired from walking, sat at one of my favorite wells, the one in Samaria, the land of all things evil. Jewish people disapproved of the Samaritan’s lifestyle, so they didn’t hang out with them. Yet we find Jesus, the Jew, hanging out with a sinful Samaritan woman.
Knowing my past and the Samaritan woman have similarities, I relate to her. Although I didn’t have five husbands, I have past relationships that broke my heart into pieces and caused me pain—forgiving myself for my past mistakes something I have yet to do. So, when Jesus sits at the well, I feel like He’s sitting with me.
Receive the gift.
Jesus sees you, He loves you, and no matter what you might think, Jesus forgives you. Christ didn’t accidentally find that well; He walked there intentionally. By the time Jesus sat, He needed a drink. Accepting the water the woman offered meant Jesus accepted her.
At life’s lowest moments, remember that Jesus walks with you. The Samaritan woman went to the well in the middle of the day because she would avoid other people. In the general public’s opinion, no one should associate with her; in today’s world, we call it canceled. But Jesus doesn’t cancel anyone.
Receive the water Christ offers. Give Him your weary soul, receive eternal life.
[i] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 143) Thomas Nelson