But here I am 10 years later sitting above the same expanse wondering why the God who made it in all of its enormity couldn’t give me, His beloved daughter, the direction and answers that I feel like I need in one of the most pivotal seasons of my life. If He cares why doesn’t He give me clear direction and certainty? I continued to pray and alternate my words with silence, listening…
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Read John 4:1-30
Naturally, the best way to start such a series on cups is start with the cup that is filled with something spectacular. It’s the cup filled with blessings. It’s the cup leading to eternity. It’s the cup of life.
In the selected passage, the Samaritan woman was imperfect. She had had five husbands and was now with another man. She wanted to understand what it was that Jesus was telling her. Yet, she was confused by the social norms. After all, she says, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?”
But Jesus tries to break down those norms and reaches out to her, an imperfect person. He offers her living water. Water that will become a spring of water. Water that wells up to eternal life. It’s not ordinary spring water. It’s moving water. Living water!
This water satisfies. No one will ever thirst again. You won’t need anything else.
But who qualifies for such special water? Who is worthy to drink from this cup of life?
The Samaritan women certainly wasn’t worthy. She had sinned. Yet, Jesus offered her a drink from this cup of life. Just like Jesus had asked her to put aside social norms for a cup of water from Jacob’s well, so Jesus has put aside our transgressions.
We ourselves might not be considered worthy. We have sinned. We have done the unforgivable. But Jesus is still standing there, holding out the cup of life and asking us to come to Him, the source of all life.
The question is: will we take the cup Jesus has offered or will we choose a different cup?
People are often unreasonable and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you.
Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.
~ Mother Teresa
“Woe to the city of oppressors, rebellious and defiled!
She obeys no one, she accepts no correction.
She does not trust in the Lord, she does not draw near to her God.
Her officials are roaring lions, her rulers are evening wolves, who leave nothing for the morning.
Her prophets are arrogant; they are treacherous men.
Her priests profane the sanctuary and do violence to the law.
The Lord within her is righteous; he does no wrong.
Morning by morning he dispenses his justice, and every new day he does not fail, yet the unrighteous know no shame.
I have cut off nations; their strongholds are demolished.
I have left their streets deserted, with no one passing through.
Their cities are destroyed; no one will be left – no one at all.
I said to the city, “Surely you will fear me and accept correction.”
Then her dwelling would not be cut off nor all my punishments come upon her.
But they were still eager to act corruptly in all they did.
Therefore, wait for me” declares the Lord, “for the day I will stand up to testify.
I have decided to assemble the nations, to gather the kingdoms and to pour out my wrath on them – all my fierce anger.
The whole world will be consumed by the fire of my jealous anger.
Then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve him shoulder to shoulder.
From beyond the rivers of Cush my worshippers, my scattered people, will bring me offerings.
On the day you will not be put to shame for all the wrongs you have done to me, because I will remove from this city those who rejoice in their pride.
Never again will you be haughty on my holy hill.
But I will leave within you the meek and humble, who trust in the name of the Lord.
The remnant of Israel will do no wrong; they will speak no lies, nor will deceit by found in their mouths.
They will eat and lie down and no one will make them afraid.”
Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem!
The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy.
The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm.
On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands hang limp.
The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”
The sorrow for the appointed feasts I will remove from you; they are a burden and a reproach to you.
At that time I will deal with all who oppressed you; I will rescue the lame and gather those who have been scattered.
At that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring you home.
I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes.” says the Lord.
~ Zephaniah 3