Breaking Barriers


Jesus answered and said to her, “if you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”  – John 4:10

The Biblical account of the woman at the well (John 4:6-26), illustrates God’s ability to tear down the barriers that have been erected in our lives.  This woman’s life demonstrates that some barriers are due to the way we perceive the world through race (she was a Samaritan and Jesus was a Jew v.10), religion (Samaritans worshipped on a mountain and Jews in Jerusalem v. 20), gender (it was not fitting for a man to be alone with a woman other than his wife, especially a non-Jewish woman v.27), culture (beliefs and traditions that are viewed to be greater than God v. 12), and even our geographical placement on the map (because they lived in different areas it was considered that commonality was nonexistent).  Her life also demonstrates that barriers are erected because of the way others perceive us.  In conversing with Christ, it was stated that she had five previous husbands, and is currently with a man that is not her husband.  Her “adulterous” lifestyle explains why she was drawing water at noon, excluded from the rest of the community of woman, who would draw water earlier in the day.  Through the life of the woman at the well barriers not only separate us from other people, but from the voice of God seeking to give us an eternal gift v.10.

With the erection of each barrier, another form of deficiency occurs in our lives, and with deficiency comes an overpowering desire to fill the void that has consumed thoughts and emotions.  This woman’s attempt to fill that empty space of acceptance was through men, but no man could ever satisfy her.  Jesus started the conversation with this woman knowing that she was thirsting for love, and needed to be filled by the love of God.  Jesus told her that if she just ask, He would give her the gift of water that would spring up as a fountain into everlasting life, and she will thirst no more.  The promise that God has given her is the same gift that He has promised to all who would believe in Him.  The barriers in our lives are tools of the enemy to silence the voice of God, who is desperately seeking to crush all barriers, and fill all voids with Himself (everlasting life).