“I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true” John 4:17-18, NIV.
I gave my life to the Lord in my early adulthood, but that did not prevent me from making some gruesome mistakes in my life, especially in relations to men. I have divorced not once, but twice, both of which have not been my proudest moments. It has caused me to measure myself to those fortunate ones, who have had more sense than me in their lives. I felt belittled, like I failed and was basically damaged goods in the eyes of the Lord. I felt like someone with a bright future, but who stumbled greatly and was now doomed to live the rest of my life as an under achiever.
The Lord began to talk to me about the woman at the well of Sykar. She too had many men in her life and was living with one who she was not married to. He reminded me how she met Jesus on the hottest time of the day. Feeling ashamed to meet any other villagers and most likely feeling belittled, failed and like damaged goods. God told me that He knows what we have gone through in our lives and that He is not seeing us as little, failed or damaged. We don’t have to be born-again Christians for decades without having made any mistakes, in order for Him to use us in a powerful way.
Just as He used the woman at the well of Sykar to minister to the whole village, He can use you to reach a multitude of people for His glory. All you need to do is to be honest in the presence of the Lord, not hiding anything. He sees it anyway. Be honest and thirsty for Him. Your experiences are what makes you who you are. They are what makes you able to reach those people that the Lord has set before you.
Prayer: Father God, thank You that You see us through the blood of Jesus, whole and made righteous through Jesus. I thank You that You are able to use us even in the middle of our twisted circumstances and with all our faults. I thank You that we don’t have to measure ourselves to others just to be in Your presence. Thank You for the freedom to simply be who we are in Christ. In Jesus’ name, Amen.