No one can doubt that we live in a broken world. As Jesus told us in advance, there are always wars and the fear of new wars. People suffer from the effects of wars and all the other natural disasters that come upon the earth. This brings suffering to individuals, families, and to whole societies. Each society has its own traditions to deal with disaster, tragedy, and pain. People often respond in compassion, being available to bring help. Sometimes no help comes at all.
But there is a deeper brokenness that we want to address. It is inner brokenness. Many things can contribute to inner brokenness. Such things as natural disasters that we have just spoken about, the loss of a loved one, family divisions, broken promises, words spoken in anger, addictions, feelings of worthlessness, failed plans, along with many other heartaches.
WHERE DO WE GO FOR HEALING FOR OUR SOULS?
People travel down many roads in their attempt to find inner peace. People turn to the many world religions and philosophies, hoping that inner wholeness can come about through religious observance or deeper knowledge.
Others try to stamp out the inner voice of trauma and pain through the use of drugs and alcohol. Others look for wholeness within through success. They hope to find inner peace as they give their energies to their life’s goals and accumulate material gain.
But the Bible tells us that inner wholeness and peace can only come from God himself. We only find inner peace from the God who can give us peace.
THE SAMARITAN WOMAN
The Bible tells of an event in Jesus’ life (John 4) when he met a woman at a well who was drawing out water. The Bible says that she was a Samaritan woman. Jesus in His love asked her for a drink of water.
The woman was surprised that Jesus wanted to communicate with her and to get a drink from her. The Bible says, “The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?’ (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)” Jesus then looks into her soul, sees her brokenness, and offers her living water. “Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.’”
The woman does not understand what Jesus means by living water. Jesus was talking about supernatural water that comes from God that will heal our inner brokenness, and refresh our souls. The woman thinks that Jesus is talking about the water from the well. To help the woman, Jesus compares and contrasts the water from the well to the living eternal water that He alone can give her. “Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’”
The woman is excited and wants the water that Jesus is offering, but still thinks of the kind of water that comes from a natural well. “The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.’” Jesus knows that if this woman is to be healed within, she needs to be freed from her sin. He tells her to go call her husband. She tells Jesus she has no husband. Jesus responds that He knows that she has no husband and that she has lived with five men in the past who were not her husband. Also, the man she is now living with is not her husband. Jesus was not condemning her, rather He was calling her to repentance. Inner peace can only come from God. Her sin was separating her from God, who is holy.
Jesus wants to freely give us living water that heals our soul and satisfies us deep within. To have living water she needed a new life.
THE FREE GIFT OF SALVATION
God sent His Son into the world to save us. The Bible says (John 3:16 NIV): “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus died on the cross, taking our place, taking upon himself our sins. He became the sacrifice for sin so that we can be forgiven. Three days later He arose from the dead.
We must ask God to forgive us, turn from our sin, and surrender our lives to Jesus. God then gives us the gift of living water to heal our souls, and to satisfy us deep within. As we drink daily the gift of living water, God then begins the daily process of restoring our souls as we learn to trust Him.
My friend let me encourage you to put your whole trust in Jesus, and His death for you as your only means of Salvation. Purpose in your heart to begin to follow Jesus as the Savior and Lord of your life. He will forgive you of your sins and heal you deep within.
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