Day 26: Filling Up with Jesus – The woman at the well (John 4) is a prime example of another woman who looked to men to fill her up. She had given herself to six husbands, but one fine day, her true Husband, Jesus, stood before her at the well. He had loved her before she ever knew him. He stayed when the others left. He knew the amount of hair on her head and had counted the number of shameful tears she had shed. He knew the real her, and he loved every bit. She responded to the love of Jesus that day by dropping her water jar at his feet—releasing her tight grip on the past, on the men, on her sin, and on her shame—and acknowledging that he had always been, and would always be, the only one who could fill her empty places. He restored her crumbling shell.
Perhaps you’re running from one romantic relationship to the next, looking for affirmation, looking to feel complete. Maybe you’re thirsting for approval from a pastor, teacher, parent, boss, or even a friend. Only Jesus, the Living Water, can fill you in such a way that you become satisfied and yet never grow tired of drinking deeply. Return to him again and again and again. He is standing before you saying, “My daughter, I see you—all of you. Nothing is hidden from me, and yet no sin or shame can ever change my love for you. I like you. I love you. I adore you. And I can fix your broken places.”
Consider: If you feel comfortable, journal about a time you expected someone or something, other than Jesus, to fill you. Ask Him to meet you in that place, emotionally
Prayer: God, so often I need you to remind me to return to you again and again. You are the only one who can fill me, and I praise you for that. Amen.
(Sections taken from Overcomer by Aubrey Sampson. Copyright © 2015. Used by permission of Zondervan. www.zondervan.com. All rights reserved.)