Election season is upon us and that inevitably means countless hours of television debates on most of the major news networks. One of the greatest frustrations I have when viewing the debates is how candidates have mastered the art of evading important questions being asked. If you have watched a debate you have probably watched a candidate do a pivot. The pivot is a way of taking a question that might be on a specific subject and moving to answer it on your own terms.
As we continue our church wide Jesus Project initiative, an exciting opportunity for our church to read a chapter a week of the classic Desire of Ages, the author provides the following commentary on the woman at the well:
“Jesus now abruptly turned the conversation...He "saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither." She answered, "I have no husband." Thus she hoped to prevent all questioning in that direction. But the Saviour continued, "Thou hast well said, I have no husband: for thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly...She could deny nothing; but she tried to evade all mention of a subject so unwelcome."
The day the Samaritan woman met Jesus, she never expected to be asked a question that went to the core of her painful personal experience. The question Jesus asked her awakened the very things in her life that she wanted to silence, the areas in her life that she wanted to keep hidden. She used the pivot in an attempt to evade the question about her marriage status. The pivot provided her the ability to hide but Jesus cannot heal what we seek to hide. Jesus seeks to bring light into the dark areas of our life, not to hurt us but to heal us.
What questions has Jesus been asking you recently? Have you found yourself using the pivot to avoid answering the questions He is asking? Maybe questions like, “Why are you afraid?” “How much time have you spent teaching your child about God this week?” “Have you prayed for someone with whom you can share your faith?” “Why have you not forgiven him/her?”
The amazing thing about this story is when the woman at the well stopped pivoting, a miracle took place in her life. The apostle John states, “So the woman left her water jar, and went away into the city, and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” (John 4:28) She realized that she did not have to hide anything from Jesus, He already knew all her issues and when she stopped hiding God was able to begin healing. When we stop avoiding the questions God asks us, we experience the healing that He has promised.