Friday, May 15, 2015

Drawing Water

Isaiah 12:2-3 - Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; "For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation." Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

Reading this this morning made me think of the story of the woman at the well, one of my favorite stories...among many favorites!

Today, with the things we hear or read in the news, we must be able to trust and not be afraid and that only truly comes in knowing this YAH...God, the one true God, Jehovah; strength, power, according to Strong's Concordance. 

Before I had read this in Isaiah were words of people walking in darkness, then seeing a great light. This Samaritan woman did just that as she was headed to the well to draw water. She walked in the darkness of her sin. If you know the story, she went late in the day when others would not be there because she was an outcast because of her sin. 

As for Jesus, did He just happen to be there at this specific time, late in the day? Wasn't it also true that Jews did not associate with Samaritans, much less women? Didn't He have a habit of meeting up with those deemed lesser than others? Those others would ignore, bypass, shun. This was no coincidence.

All part of God's plan! This woman certainly did not know she would be met by this Man. Little did she know she would meet the Light. Little did she know He would shine light on her sin, forgive her and show her that not only was He the true Light of the world but the living Water, better than that which she was coming to get. 

She had no clue her life would change that day. All because she was drawing water. And so often that's how it works. One day we are met by Him in the midst of our everyday life and the darkness fades because the Light so shines; He pours out the water of His salvation and we thirst no more. We no longer need fear, but trust in Him. He becomes that strength and song.

We need a bit of encouragement these days. We will need more as days continue. It's good to build up that strength now while we can, while we can grow to trust God in good times so when bad times hit, we have a solid foundation for our trust. Drawing water from a true source of strength will keep that song in our heart despite the circumstances of life. Will you keep your heart open for this Man? Will you allow Him to become your Light, strength and song? 

Exodus 15:2 - The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; my father's God, and I will exalt Him.

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