December 16, 2023
- By Ed Powell
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"Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?" John 4:11
How much we resemble the Samaritan woman at the well. She was engrossed with the teaching, tradition and customs in which she had grown up and been taught. When Jesus asked, "Will you give me a drink?" she looked "within" and her answer was from her finite understanding and her cultural upbringing. To this Jesus answered, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."
Still mystified and bewildered she says, "Sir, you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep." She had no idea who Jesus was nor the power of His infinite resources.
All too often we find ourselves living "within" the boundaries of our making. We limit God by trying to understand the magnitude of His infinity with the limitations of our finite minds. God does not expect nor desire that we "understand" His ways or thoughts, for He said, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:8-9).
We face alarming circumstances and we shutter in unbelief as we seek to understand with frustrating misgivings. We are like the Samaritan woman that had no concept of the mighty power or the infinite resources of Jesus who asked her for a drink of water. We limit God by relying upon "our" concept of who God is. We revere Him within our human understanding, who we think He is and what He can do. We are like Job. We "have heard Him by the hearing of the ear." We have been taught, we have read the Word, we have acknowledged Christ as Savior...but He has never penetrated our hearts by His transforming power. Job said, "now my eyes have seen you" (Job 42:5). The scales were removed from his eyes and he now sees God in His majesty and as his Almighty God. What a radical change this made in his life.
One of our great needs today is that we have lost our concept of who God is. A. W. Tozer speaks very clearly on this: "The church has surrendered the once lofty concept of God and has substituted for it one so low, so ignoble, as to be utterly unworthy of thinking, worshiping men. With our loss of the sense of majesty has come further loss of religious awe and consciousness of the divine presence. We have lost our spirit and our ability to withdraw inwardly to meet God in adoring silence to 'Be still and know that I am God.'"
The alarming result is that we have formed a concept of God that brings Him down to our "life-style" and "use" Him at our own discretion. How far from the truth can we get! How ungodly.
God is Almighty. He is all-powerful. He is all-knowing, present everywhere all the time, full of infinite love, grace and mercy. Our deficient spiritual lives can be attributed to this one insipid concept of God...not knowing, not believing, and not relying on the greatness of our God. We need to open our hearts and lives to the reality that our GOD IS ALMIGHTY. Our lives need to be surrendered to His lordship, control and authority so we will be governed not by "our" resources but by the might and power of Almighty God. We need to be connected to the Almighty power plant...God Himself! Until we have this concept of God we will live on the perimeter of all God wants to be and do in our lives. Draw from the well that never runs dry...His everlasting refreshing spring.
© 2007 by Ed Powell. Used by permission.
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