Summary: This is the fourth message in a series of seven on brokenness. This message is about the woman at the well in John 4.
What God Can do with a broken Woman?
MUCH HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT THIS WOMAN
She like many women today think that there is a certain man who will meet all their needs. And so she became the “Liz Taylor” of the New Testament looking for her perfect man.
If I can just meet that one man – he will fill my life and give me everything I want.
Men and women alike are looking for a Quick-Fix and simple solutions to their loneliness and lack of self-esteem.
David McCasland tells about a woman whose car was stalled at an intersection. The hood was up, and she flagged McCasland down to help. "I can’t get it started," she said. "But if you jiggle the wire on the battery, I think it will work."
McCasland grabbed the positive battery cable and it came off in his hand. Definitely the cable was too loose. "The terminal needs to be tightened up," he told her. "I can fix it if you have some tools."
"My HUSBAND says to just jiggle the wire," she replied. "It always works. Why don’t you just try that?" McCasland paused for a moment, wondering why her husband didn’t ride around town with her so he would be available when the wire needed jiggling.
Finally he said, "Ma’am, if I jiggle the wire, you’re going to need someone else to do it every time you shut the engine off. If you’ll give me two minutes and a wrench, we can solve the problem and you can forget about it." Reluctantly, she fumbled under the front seat and then extended a crescent wrench through the window of the old car.
As he tightened the battery terminal, it occurred to McCasland how many times he had tried, in his own life, to get a "quick fix" from God. "I have this problem, Lord, and if You’ll just jiggle the wire, things will be OK. I’m in a hurry, so let’s just get me going again the quickest way possible."
God doesn’t want to jiggle our wires, but to reconnect us. If you haven’t made a conscious decision to follow God, you don’t know him. You don’t start with it and lose it - you have to gain it first.
The answer to our inner thirst is a complete surrender to God. The woman at the well had been “looking for love in all the wrong places” One Quick-Fix after another.
The reality is that there isn’t a perfect man who will fill a woman’s life any more than there is perfect woman who will fill a man’s life!
In the process of hunting for someone to fill her life this woman became as empty of self worth, significance, and value as a dirty worn out sock in the corner of a basement laundry room.
In the words of the hymn writer,
"I tried the broken cisterns,
but ah the waters failed,
Ev’n as I stooped to drink they fled,
and mocked me as I wailed."
I’M SURE THE PHARISEES AND OTHER RELIGIOUS PEOPLE OF THE DAY, WOULD HAVE LOOKED AT THIS WOMAN, AND FELT THAT SHE WAS A LOST CAUSE - SO STEEPED IN SIN AS TO ’NOT BE THE TYPE’ TO BE SAVED!
Jesus always looks deeper than the surface. He looked much deeper, and saw the deep searching in her heart that had been left so long unsatisfied!
He doesn’t concentrate on what we are, but is aware, and wants us to be aware, of what we can become – with his help.
Jesus spoke to her before he ever opened his mouth and gave one religious word.
She was a Samaritan – part Jewish background and part Babylonian trash.
She was a woman – of no account in the culture and society of that time. At noon – an outcast who came when no one else was there.
When he took the water and he drank it he spoke the most powerful words of all: Before he said another word this stranger had said a tremendous amount. He had said ’You are not worthless. You are someone who can help me. You are worth talking to.’ He had said "I am not afraid to cross over barriers of gender and race that put people down.’ He had even said ’It is all right to ask favors, and reach out to help and be helped by others.’ And he said a lot more beside before he ever opened his mouth again.
BECAUSE JESUS CARED ABOUT THIS BROKEN WOMAN SHE CAME TO FACE FOUR SIGNIFICANT FACTS
Fact #1: NOTHING IN THIS WORLD GIVES LASTING SATISFACTION!
SO OFTEN, PEOPLE ARE CONVINCED THAT SOMEWHERE IN THE EXPERIENCES OF THIS WORLD, THERE MUST BE SATISFACTION!
They are led a merry dance in trying to find it, often ending up with wrecked lives, as it just slips through their fingers time after time.