Forget It | Devotion #4: Living Water
Debbie Kerr | Office Administrator
John chapter 4 tells of the encounter Jesus had with a Samaritan woman at a well. Each day she would come to the well after everyone else had left. She walked around in great shame and condemnation, considered an outcast not only by the Jews but by her own people. She was known around town as the woman who had many husbands and was currently living with a man unmarried. On this particular day, Jesus was sitting at the well when she arrived. He purposely struck up a conversation with this Samaritan woman, which is something a Jew would never do. He began to speak life to her as He revealed everything she had ever done.
Every day she went to the “well” of the world trying to find something or someone to quench her emotional and physical thirst. As she lowered her bucket down into the well, He explained to her that the water she was drawing would not satisfy and how she needs to taste the Living Water only He can give. Meaning, Jesus is the Living Water, and only He can completely meet her needs so that she will never have to go back to her old “well.” She instantly recognized that He must be the Christ, the One for whom they were waiting. She excitedly, ran off to tell the others of her encounter with Jesus. An interesting observation, as she ran off in her new found freedom and forgiveness, she left her bucket of cares and sins at the well with Jesus. That is exactly what He wants us to do with our past.
Paul tells us in Philippians 3:13 (NKJV), “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.” The Apostle Paul is another excellent example of the importance of forgetting a terrible past. We cannot arrive where God wants to take us when we continue to look behind us with an often distorted and condemning view of the past. Even the side view mirror on our vehicles remind us that things behind us are deceiving and distorted. What we choose to focus on determines the trajectory of our lives. Jesus does not want us to look behind us because we are not going that way! It will only slow us down and keep us from being an effective member of the body of Christ. That is why we are instructed to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Like the Samaritan woman and the Apostle Paul, once we are forgiven of our sins, we are no longer identified by our past. The next time the enemy tries to remind you of your past, remind him of who you are in Christ. You are chosen, loved, adopted, forgiven, and joint heirs with Jesus. The former things have passed away, and all things are becoming new!
Isaiah 43:18-19 says, “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”