“Are you smarter than a fifth grader?” This is the title of a popular television game show. The host, Jeff Foxworthy, asks an adult contestant a series of eleven questions, spanning ten subjects with one bonus question from first grade to fifth grade levels. The idea is to continue until one reaches the top prize of $1,000,000. What you know about a subject advances you in the game.
In today’s reading, Jesus talks with a Samaritan woman who seems to know a lot about the differences between Samaritans and Jews. She plays the game of bantering back and forth about living water and where one ought to worship. Then Jesus tells her about her own life; things so personal that she is amazed that he can tell her everything she had ever done. She then rushes off to tell her whole village about this man who knows her and claims to be the Christ.
We can think we know everything we need to know about how God’s salvation plan works. The one thing we don’t know is when Jesus is going to show up. He appears when we least expect and when he is most needed.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, inspire me with your knowledge and wisdom, that I might better live for you. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Randy Conley, Pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Hubbard Lake, MI.