Ever been in a situation where you feel there is an emptiness? Ever tried to fill it with stuff? go on a buying spree to see if stuff will fill that hole? Ever tried to fill it with love? trying to get relationships with others to fill that hole? Ever tried to fill it with other stuff? some try alcohol or drugs or other things that self inflict injuries or pain on yourself? Do you know that there is something that can fill that hole? Do you know that it’s a relationship with God?
Today’s reading speaks to this through a conversation with Jesus…
15“Sir,” the woman said, “give me that water! Then I will never be thirsty again, nor will I have to come here to draw water.”
16“Go and call your husband,” Jesus told her, “and come back.”
17“I don’t have a husband,” she answered. Jesus replied, “You are right when you say you don’t have a husband. 18You have been married to five men, and the man you live with now is not really your husband. You have told me the truth.”
19“I see you are a prophet, sir,” the woman said. 20“My Samaritan ancestors worshiped God on this mountain, but you Jews say that Jerusalem is the place where we should worship God.”
21Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, the time will come when people will not worship the Father either on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22You Samaritans do not really know whom you worship; but we Jews know whom we worship, because it is from the Jews that salvation comes. 23But the time is coming and is already here, when by the power of God’s Spirit people will worship the Father as he really is, offering him the true worship that he wants. 24God is Spirit, and only by the power of his Spirit can people worship him as he really is.”
25The woman said to him, “I know that the Messiah will come, and when he comes, he will tell us everything.”
26Jesus answered, “I am he, I who am talking with you.” –from John 4
If we try to fill it on our own, we will feel empty soon after. If we try to fill it with the wrong things, they won’t fill that hole in our hearts. It takes Jesus to fill that hole and start a new life in us. With Him all things are possible. You feeling like you are in trouble? That you are in need of something?
13Are any among you in trouble? They should pray. Are any among you happy? They should sing praises. 14Are any among you sick? They should send for the church elders, who will pray for them and rub olive oil on them in the name of the Lord. 15This prayer made in faith will heal the sick; the Lord will restore them to health, and the sins they have committed will be forgiven. 16So then, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you will be healed. The prayer of a good person has a powerful effect. 17Elijah was the same kind of person as we are. He prayed earnestly that there would be no rain, and no rain fell on the land for three and a half years. 18Once again he prayed, and the sky poured out its rain and the earth produced its crops. 19My friends, if any of you wander away from the truth and another one brings you back again, 20remember this: whoever turns a sinner back from the wrong way will save that sinner’s soul from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins. –from James 5
So we need to be concerned with more than just ourselves, but also with those around us that God has brought into our lives so that we can point them to Him! Let’s shine the light of Jesus into the world so that through love and grace others may come to know the saving grace of God in their lives! All of us have missed the mark! So all of us need Jesus! With Jesus all things are possible! Without Jesus, life can seem hopeless!
1I thought long and hard about all this and saw that God controls the actions of wise and righteous people, even their love and their hate. No one knows anything about what lies ahead. 2It makes no difference. The same fate comes to the righteous and the wicked, to the good and the bad, to those who are religious and those who are not, to those who offer sacrifices and those who do not. A good person is no better off than a sinner; one who takes an oath is no better off than one who does not. 3One fate comes to all alike, and this is as wrong as anything that happens in this world. As long as people live, their minds are full of evil and madness, and suddenly they die. 4But anyone who is alive in the world of the living has some hope; a live dog is better off than a dead lion. 5Yes, the living know they are going to die, but the dead know nothing. They have no further reward; they are completely forgotten. 6Their loves, their hates, their passions, all died with them. They will never again take part in anything that happens in this world. 7Go ahead—eat your food and be happy; drink your wine and be cheerful. It’s all right with God. 8Always look happy and cheerful. 9Enjoy life with the one you love, as long as you live the useless life that God has given you in this world. Enjoy every useless day of it, because that is all you will get for all your trouble. 10Work hard at whatever you do, because there will be no action, no thought, no knowledge, no wisdom in the world of the dead—and that is where you are going. 11I realized another thing, that in this world fast runners do not always win the races, and the brave do not always win the battles. The wise do not always earn a living, intelligent people do not always get rich, and capable people do not always rise to high positions. Bad luck happens to everyone. 12You never know when your time is coming. Like birds suddenly caught in a trap, like fish caught in a net, we are trapped at some evil moment when we least expect it.
Thoughts on Wisdom and Foolishness
13There is something else I saw, a good example of how wisdom is regarded in this world. 14There was a little town without many people in it. A powerful king attacked it. He surrounded it and prepared to break through the walls. 15Someone lived there who was poor, but so clever that he could have saved the town. But no one thought about him. 16I have always said that wisdom is better than strength, but no one thinks of the poor as wise or pays any attention to what they say. 17It is better to listen to the quiet words of someone wise than to the shouts of a ruler at a council of fools. 18Wisdom does more good than weapons, but one sinner can undo a lot of good.
–from Ecclesiastes 9