What Truly Sustains Us
Written by: Maddie Wilson
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The woman said, "I know the Messiah is coming--the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us." Then Jesus told her, "I am the Messiah!”
- John 4:25-26
I don’t know about you, but when life is smooth sailing for me I have a bad habit of putting my faith on the back burner. It’s easy to forget how much we need God when life seems to be going just right, even though He is the One writing our stories. As easy as it is to put time with the Lord off when Earthly life is so busy, it might be even easier to blame God when life isn’t so smooth sailing. I know I am guilty of it, making time for Him when I need something but putting Him off when I don’t. Earthly life is busy!
Not that this is an excuse, but my mom tells stories of when Sunday’s were a day of rest, reserved for family and the Lord. Now, it feels like in the present time it is unheard of to ever just stop and take a breath. This world is very “go, go, go” as my mom would put it, and as a result of that I sometimes find myself trying to find the “easy way out” or the “quick fix.” Instead of turning to Jesus, I sometimes turn to the Earthly pleasures and distractions that are temporary. In this I think it is easy to forget what truly sustains us; it is not anything Earthly, but rather how we are spiritually fed by the Lord that will keep us sustained.
The Samaritan woman at the well in John 4 is a good example of being distracted. Jesus asked the woman to please get Him a drink, and her response was one of confusion. The woman did not understand why Jesus, a Jew, would ask a Samaritan for a drink. Jesus replied and said “If only you knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water (John 4:10).”
Jesus knew of all the woman’s sins—all of the distractions she lived that kept her from giving time to the Lord, so much so that she did not even recognize Him when He stood right in front of her. After telling the woman who He was, Jesus refuses a meal and explains the “food you know nothing about” (John 4:32). As He goes on to explain, we do not need the temporary satisfaction that Earthly pleasures will bring us. We only need the nourishment that comes from a relationship with our Father.
I am just as guilty as the next girl of letting Earthly pleasures distract me from spending time with Jesus, and I don’t always turn to Him to lay down my troubles the way I should. But I know one thing for sure: I want to live my life so that when Jesus is standing in front of me, I will recognize Him.
1. Can you relate to the woman at the well? What distracts you in your daily life?
2. What are some ways to help us become more aware of the way our relationship with Jesus keeps us sustained, as opposed to Earthly pleasures?
Lord Jesus, I thank You for loving me even when I get distracted. Thank You for knowing my heart and for loving me relentlessly, and for reminding me that I have a Father who will always keep me sustained and joyful. I ask that You remain with me in the times I do not turn to You, and that I can do better in taking the time out of this life to give the proper time to You. Amen.
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