“What a man desires is an unfailing love.”Proverbs 19:22a
After receiving certificates of divorce from her five former husbands, the Samaritan woman at the well was thirsting for love that lasts. Jesus knew she could be truly refreshed only with Living Water. Though we don’t know the details of her life, we do know that often men in that day divorced their wives for minor reasons and then sent them away—a great burden to a woman at that time who could not then return to her father’s house.
Jesus derailed social protocol by engaging in conversation with her, a Samaritan woman who was disrespected and thought unclean by the Jews. He gave her the same regard He’d give anyone else. He knew her heart. Certain she would rejoice in her belief by telling her story to others, He continued unfolding His knowledge of her life.
Jesus was not concerned with the status of people. He spoke His truth into the lives of the rich and well-respected as well as those considered small. Many believed in Christ as a result of the Samaritan woman’s testimony. Everyone can be used for God’s glory!
“Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom?” (James 2:5)