The story about the woman at the well in the Bible is a story that makes you take a look at yourself…HARD. The 4th chapter of the Book of John tells the story of a Samaritan woman who went to a well in the middle of the day because she had a “reputation”.
In that time, no one went to the well, they went early in the day before it got hot outside. She also went to a well that wasn’t by her house. So not only did she go at the hottest point in the day, but she walked a good distance to another well. We know when we have done things that would cause people to talk about us or have an effect on our reputation, we stay away from people. We don’t want anyone to know what we have done, we go into hiding. There may be some people that know what we have done and we do not want to face them and ourselves to be perfectly honest. We think our sin is written all over our face,.but ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Those people talking about you? Yep, they have sinned too.
This woman then came face to face with Jesus and He let her know the tea about herself. He was trying to inform her about the living water (His Word) and He tells her to go get her husband. She states she doesn’t have one. Jesus then tells her she is right, she has had 5 husbands and the one she is with isn’t her. This is like a Maury moment. The point He was making here is that she has been with these men and was not married to them. Listen y’all…we all have a past and that’s ok. Jesus came to transform us. We don’t have to stay stuck in our past, actually God doesn’t want us to. Have you noticed that all of the great people in the Bible had issues?? They were NOT perfect at all. Jesus spoke to this woman, made her take a long look at herself and she was transformed. She went back and told all the haters in her village that she had a chit chat with the Messiah and everyone came running to see Him. These were the same people that talked about her and ridiculed her. Jesus’ disciples were wondering what He would be doing talking to a woman of her “reputation”. Jesus doesn’t discriminate. He loves when you come to Him with a sincere heart. Your pain from your past doesn’t matter to Him. He will transform you. Lay all of your burdens at His feet. This story struck a chord with me. I am the woman at the well. I have done things I am not proud of. Things I know that God didn’t approve of, things I thought He would never forgive me for. Things that I thought would keep me out of His Kingdom.
God doesn’t work like that though. He is a forgiving and loving God. He has big plans for you. I would think, how can I be a Proverbs 31 type woman, yet I was just at the well? This is not an impossible task. If you let Jesus into your heart, He WILL transform you. People will still talk about you…people like to talk about you when you are doing good or bad. Don’t worry about that. Don’t let anyone deter you from seeking Jesus. Matthew 6:33 states ” But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” which means seek God and His Kingdom and He will supply your needs. Being a Proverbs 31 woman isn’t something you necessarily obtain at the end of the day, it’s guidelines to live by. It is the “perfect” woman/wife, but no one is perfect. We as women will fall short of this daily. Sometimes you get on your husband’s nerves so he may not praise you that day, you may be lazy one day, you may have an off day. Things just go wrong sometimes. That’s not going to make you a failure. You dust yourself off and keep moving. Ask God to help you where you are weak, He will definitely step in. God can always use you if you have faith. Nothing is too big for Him to handle, let Him transform you into the woman He wants you to be.