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If You Only Knew

Posted: Tuesday, May 5

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship &amp; Music Pastor&nbsp;

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship & Music Pastor 

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Judges 21:1-Ruth 1:22
John 4:4-42
Psalm 105:1-15
Proverbs 14:25 


Verse of the day:

Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” (John 4:10)

Let’s look at this verse, and specifically, let’s look at Jesus’ first four words. “If you only knew.” Jesus meets a woman at Jacob’s well in Samaria. In his divine nature, Jesus sees every detail unfolding. He sees all of her self destructive behaviors; he sees the pattern of sin and the painful consequences that have plagued her life. Jesus also sees the gift of God; he sees springs of living water available to this woman if she’d only receive God’s redeeming plan for her future. When Jesus meets this woman, he sees everything that she doesn’t which is why he begins with these four words: “if you only knew.”


Faith is a bizarre phenomenon to observe from the outside. For those of us who have followed Christ for so many years, we must exercise our imaginations to empathize with this Samaritan woman. In the first book of Corinthians, the apostle Paul writes, “The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction!” The choice of faith in Christ may be so obviously clear to you, but Jesus does not act in frustration or indifference. Jesus moves to compassion with these four words. “If you only knew.” 


We’ll let the apostle Paul wrap up our devo today with something he wrote in the book of Romans…


Romans 10:14-15 // But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”

And just in case you’re curious which song I think is the best, wonderfully 90’s, gospel, artistic, AWESOME expression of this story…