WEDNESDAY 9TH OCTOBER, 2019
PRICELESS WISDOM FROM HEAVEN
TEXT: JOHN 4:1-26
KEY VERSE: “There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink” (JOHN 4:7).
In May 2012, a 32-carat Burmese ruby and diamond ring – that was part of the collection of Lily Safra, one of the richest women in the world – was sold at an auction. The pre-auction estimate for the sale was $3-5 million, but the final sale price ended up at $6.7 million. It is believed to be the most expensive ruby ever sold. As valuable as rubies are, the Bible tells us that wisdom is far better and more valuable. No earthly treasure can compare to wisdom because nothing else offers the same protection, benefits, and blessings than wisdom does.
The passage before us details the conversation that took place between the greatest Preacher ever and a Samaritan woman. Like in a well calculated game of chess, Jesus took this woman from a practical sinner to a practicing believer, a witness to the saving grace of Christ.
What won the day here was excellent wisdom in presenting the gospel. The questions from this peasant woman could divert any unwise preacher. Jesus did not dwell on controversies. He used every question to point her to solutions far beyond what any religion can offer. He directed her to the water springing into everlasting life and to worship, not in religious centers, but in spirit and in truth. He shifted her attention from earthly prophets and patriarchs like Abraham and Jacob, to our Father, who is in heaven.
The wisdom displayed from this passage, should compel us to seek the face of God for help in ministry, especially witnessing in particular. With the requisite wisdom, our witnessing would no longer end up in religious arguments and controversies. Our prayers today should focus on one thing – wisdom.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Wisdom indeed is the principal thing.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: ISAIAH 13–17