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.”
Do you recall this verse in John Chapter 4? Jesus is talking to a Samaritan woman. As I was reading the other day I realized that this one verse speaks volumes of who Jesus is.
It is the sixth hour, which is around noon and Jesus asks the woman to draw Him some water from the well. She responds with complete surprise not only because people normally drew water at the end of the day but also because she is a Samaritan and being a Jew He would be considered ceremonially unclean for even having touched the same drinking cup as she did. What He is asking is extraordinary. Jesus has such a way of confounding the merely religious, doesn’t He?
Now if we are honest with ourselves, there are also statements that Jesus has made that us, his disciples who believe we are free of religion, find extraordinary and difficult to comprehend. And when our response is to question Him, we can imagine that His answer is the same to us as it is to this woman. “If you knew,” say it with me … “If you knew the gift of God,” now stop there and ponder just those seven words. “If you knew the gift of God.” If I truly know the gift of God, Jesus, why would I ever question anything He says? How could I dare? Revere Him, and fear Him sure. Honor, worship, adore, esteem, and praise Him, absolutely. Trust Him, glorify Him, magnify Him, and exalt His holy name, without a doubt. But question Him, no never, not if I know Him intimately.
And then Jesus tells us if you know Me “you would have asked … and (I) would have given….” If we truly know Him – His character, His will – we can ask and His immediate response is to give. We see this happen again and again in the New Testament. It’s time to take God at His Word, to delight ourselves in Him so He can give us the desires of our hearts. Remember what He has told us; no good thing will be withheld from him who walks uprightly.
If you are reading my thoughts today and you do not know Jesus personally, I have some wonderful news for you. There is something even you can ask Him for right now and be assured of getting. It is the greatest gift you could possibly receive. It is the gift of eternal life in heaven. You can ask Jesus to come into your life right now today, tell Him from your heart that you want Him to be the Lord of your life and ask Him to forgive you of all your sins.
Jesus has already promised in His word if you ask … He will give.