Our culture today is usually looking for a quick fix to our problems. We want to have our problems taken away, but many of us are not willing to do the work to get there. When we get sick so many of us will go to the doctor to get a pill to cover up our symptoms instead of choosing to change our lifestyle to get to the root cause, so our bodies can heal.
God isn’t interested in giving us a quick fix; He wants to give us something more. One example of this in the Bible is the interaction Jesus had with the Samaritan woman at the well. John 4:7-42.
The woman at the well had a history of putting her hope in men. She had been in five marriages that had ended and was currently living with the sixth man when she met Jesus at the well.
Women of that day were thought to have little value, and the Samaritans were a despised people. She was not accepted by the people who were the lowest of the low of that day. She had built a very thick wall around herself to protect her from the disappointment of the rejection she had no doubt lived with all of her life. Then Jesus came and lovingly revealed the truth to her, despite her attitude toward Him. He came with humility and love and revealed why she was in the mess she was in.
She thought she wanted to have her shame hidden and what Jesus had for her was to remove her shame! In verse 15 the woman said, “Sir, give me this living water, so I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” She wanted the quick fix, but He gave her acceptance, identity, security and purpose in their short interaction. He gave her far more than she ever thought she wanted, but she had to choose to believe and surrender what she thought she wanted to receive all He had for her.
In Isaiah 60:17-19 God says He will give us gold for our bronze. I believe He’s telling us that He will give us our deepest desire instead of what we think we want. Our part is being willing to trust that He knows what we need and want more than we do.
1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
3 to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
4 They shall build up the ancient ruins;
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.
What has God given you in the past that was different from what you thought you wanted?
Do you think God knows what you really need?