Sunday, August 25, 2019
“He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.” (Psalm 23:2-3) Jesus and his disciples are passing through Samaria. They stop at a town called Sychar. The disciples go into town to get food for their bodies. But Jesus stays behind, outside at a well, to care for someone’s soul.
A woman came to the well to draw water. For this woman, it was not a moment of rest and relaxation. It was work. This hard work was made even harder by the men she had known and now she was living with a man who was not her husband. He was just one more man in a line of men, leading her to feel less human and less loved … a lost soul.
The question is, how do we restore a soul? The body can be healed. A surgeon can cut your flesh, open your chest, and reach in and actually touch your beating heart. But your soul, now that’s a different matter. Cares and hurts of just living cut deeper than any surgeon’s knife. They touch our soul; thus making us restless and weary and longing for restoration. Such matters in life can only be handled with the hand of God.
Jesus in a conversation with the woman at the well offers her living water. However, this water does not come from a well. It comes from a personal relationship with Jesus. God’s love flows into the world in Jesus. His death for our sin is God’s gift of life. His love is a life-giving stream. Jesus comes and restores this woman and sh becomes a child of God.
He still comes. This Jesus, who is our shepherd, comes to us with this living stream of water and restores us with our Father in heaven. It makes no difference how broken we are … how much we have gone through … what He touches is made new. Can we hear an Amen?
You are loved, Pastor Don