Quiet Time Coaching Episode 504 | New Thing Series — Part 59 | “The Samaritan Woman’s Response” | Malcolm Cox


A new thing! I’m Malcolm Cox. Welcome to your daily devotional podcast anchored in Isaiah 43:19: ‘See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.’

We are currently looking at God doing a new thing in the life of the Samaritan woman. Today we explore her response.

“A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.)” (John 4:7-9 NRSV)

The Samaritan Woman’s Response

She finds it surprising that Jesus wants to talk to her
She is aware of the cultural, religious and historical barrier
She is aware of the gender barrier
She makes a choice to respond to Jesus
She responds in a way that demonstrates curiosity

For Reflection

It seems likely that the woman has come to the well at this time specifically to avoid other people. If she was expecting to be left alone she was mistaken. Jesus deliberately engages her in conversation. She could choose to brush him off with a few words, or ignore him, say nothing, go about her business and return to the village. Yet, she not only responds but does so with curiosity. It appears there is something already stirring in her. Perhaps she senses that God is doing something new. The first step to God doing something new in our lives is to notice what is going on and become curious. Moses approached the burning bush, the official in Acts 8 admitted his ignorance and asked for help, the Bereans discover God’s new message because they are eager to learn.

Why not take some time today to ask God to make you aware of anything he is doing that is new, and to give you the curiosity to investigate?


I hope you find your heart, your life, your congregation and your world inspired by God doing a new thing. Until tomorrow, take care, and God bless.

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