Friday, January 26 – John 4:25-26
The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.” Jesus said to her, “I am He, the One speaking to you.”
At some point, we all find someone or something that we think is going to change our lives and solve many of our problems. For some of us, the thing we waited for was just as we imagined and hoped it would be, while others of us are left with disappointment and emptiness when what we wished for arrives. Waiting is a part of our human experience. Waiting is difficult due to impatience, but it can also be difficult when we know what to expect. The woman at the well knew of the promised Messiah, and she knew He would lead the people to worship in truth, but she didn’t know the details of His coming. It was only when she saw and understood Jesus was the One she had been waiting for that she could be changed by Him.
Whether we have been disappointed by people in the church or have a great legacy of faith, and whether we have had a strong walk with Christ or a journey of doubt, the answer we need is the same: Jesus is the way. He is the One we have each been searching and longing for. Hebrews 12:1-2 says, “let’s rid ourselves of every obstacle and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let’s run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking only at Jesus, the originator and perfecter of the faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Jesus is the answer to the longing of our souls; He is the reason we can throw off the old ways of life and take on a life of worship. When we look to Him and His example, we are equipped by Him through the Holy Spirit to live a life of unity with God—the life we have been waiting for.
- How has Jesus satisfied your soul?
- Why do you think we often look for answers outside of Jesus?
- Pray for the people you know who are struggling in their faith. Ask God to satisfy their souls through Jesus.