God loves you that much...
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” John 4:7,9
Talk about getting your attention. When God grabs your attention he does it in a big way. From our other reading in 2 Chronicles 33 Manasseh’s kingdom gets taken over by Babylon before he cries out to God. Here the Samaritan woman gets asked by Jesus to give him a drink, a big taboo in Jewish culture during that time. Both of these occurrences, God calls, and the people respond. That is what God wants, when he sees things that need to be either fixed in our lives, or if he wants to use us to accomplish his plans, He calls then the people must respond. It’s amazing how much though he loves us. In each of these stories he appealed to the individual knowing exactly what was needed to get their attention. He catered to the individual. God loves us each person that much.
This is an amazing story, not only of God’s love for us, but how much he really wants us to be part of his Kingdom plan. He goes to great lengths to get our attention so that we may listen. He loves us that much. He loves us so much that he doesn’t want us to die or to no prosper, but gives us ample opportunity to hear his voice and listen to his commands. He gives us so much chances. That is awesome about God. So the lesson here, when God speaks, I must listen. When He wants me to move or to act upon something, especially when He strains to get my attention, I need to move fast. However, to be really mature in Christ, I need to be like Paul, when God just speaks, Paul listened and obeyed without hesitation. To be that mature in God. Now that is what God wants.
Lord I am a long way from Paul, but I know you love me and times you make things pretty obvious. Lord I pray that you continue to show me the direction of Your will, and thank you for sometimes going to extreme lengths to reach me.