Meditation
 
ALL THAT WE NEED Dr. Joseph Stowell
 
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water. John 5:13-14
 
Need something from Jesus today? If you are like most of us, there are some items on your “unanswered prayer” list that you think He’s forgotten. In fact, there are times when we feel spiritually abandoned, when He seems to care more about the needs of those who give stunning testimonies of answered prayer – or whose prayers about finding parking places in crowded mall parking lots always get answered.
 
While traveling through Samaria, Jesus met a village woman at the local well. He asked her for a drink of water. When she answered His request, Jesus said, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water” (John 4:10).
 
Days before, a group of Jews asked Christ to give them a sign to verify His claim to be God. Jesus responded, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” Confused, the Jews replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” (John 2:19-20).
 
The Jewish people thought He was going to rebuild the temple; instead, in three days He rose from the dead to conquer death and hell. The Samaritan woman talked of water from the well; Jesus offered her living water. What Jesus gave people wasn’t necessarily what they asked for, expected or, thankfully, what they deserved. Consistently, He had better things in mind.
 
God gave each of us exactly what we need. And in case you think He has not done much for you lately, think again. With abounding generosity, God has graced us with forgiveness, love, acceptance, security, and substantial healing from the curse of sin…and heaven. If He never does anything more for us, He has given us enough to be gratefully praising Him for the rest of our lives-even if we can’t find a parking spot!