He told me everything I ever did.”
Samaritan woman at the well. John 4:39
Jesus offered her “living water” or a life of freedom, abundance and no condemnation.
And after their little conversation, in which Jesus revealed that he knew the truth about her messed up life- that she had been with a number of men including those not her husband and she had been hiding out in shame – she realized that he was someone special. Important. A prophet. Or better yet, the Messiah!
She had believed that someday the Messiah would come, and when he did, she was ready.
There was no condemnation in Jesus telling her the truth about her life, only freedom.
Isn’t it a relief when something we’ve hidden comes out in the open?
We don’t usually think of our sin or shame being uncovered as a good thing. But Jesus confronts us to free us, not to shame us.
Because of everything I had done and everything done to me, I was entangled and trapped by every kind of fear.
Recognize any of these?
- I was afraid of making people mad and what they would say about me.
- I was afraid of not being loved.
- I was afraid of a failed marriage. Again.
- I was afraid of never being good enough for someone.
- I was afraid of making mistakes.
- I was afraid I wasn’t submitted or committed enough to live up to God’s word.
- I was afraid of being abandoned.
- I was afraid of losing my children because I couldn’t support a family on my own.
- I was afraid nothing in my life would ever turn out right.
Quite a list, huh? My fears kept me so stuck, I couldn’t see the truth.
Like the woman at the well.
So when Jesus plainly spoke truth, she breathed a sigh of relief. And couldn’t wait to tell people!
Francine Rivers has a new book out, Bridge to Haven, in which the main character, Abra lives this very battle. Circumstances create lies in her young mind and heart, and she clings to the lies rather than believe the truth. Because of those lies and the fear they create, she makes choices that entangle her even more, until her life is such a mess, she can’t imagine it ever being worthwhile.
I can relate.
Next week, I’ll share a couple of other things that kept me stuck in a mess. But until then, may I pose a few questions?
What are you afraid of? What truth do you need to see or hear? Has someone who loves you tried to tell you, but you were stuck or unable to see?
See you next time for more True Confessions.