8 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. 3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, 4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? 6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. 7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
This woman meant nothing to the Pharisees. All she was was a pawn for them to use to try to trick Jesus. The whole thing about them finding her and exposing her sins had nothing to do with her sin or their interest in stopping her from sinning or anything other than an object to trick Jesus into giving them proof that Jesus was not who He said He is. If they were concerned about the actual sin then why didn’t they expose her before? Why didn’t they bring out the other person she was caught in the act with? She was lower than trash to them because either way, they were ready to take the chance and let God condemn her or stone her themselves. But this unfortunate event in her life was the event that changed her life to a positive direction. She didn’t seek out Jesus. She might have known who he was but maybe she thought he wouldnt’ have anything to do with a woman like her.
How can we apply this to our lives? Well, basically good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to good people. Sometimes bad things happen to bad people and good things happen to good people. Stuff happens. It’s up to us whether we want to let God use it for good or do we want to try to fix it ourselves and swim against the current the rest of our lives. Surrendering our will to God doesn’t mean we’ll all sell all of our earthly belongings and move to the farthest, uncivilized piece of dirt on the planet. It might but it doesn’t always have to.
If you look back on all of the things that have happened in your life the majority of them weren’t overnight changes. They were chains of events and each link in the event was determined by some choice you made or let God guide you into making until you ended up somewhere you know you never could have ended up on your own if you had tried yourself. If you give yourself over to God’s will in your life He will guide you in those chains of events until you arrive at the destination He wanted you to be in in the first place. It will be a transition and as you go through each of those events you are coming into His determination for your life one step at a time.
However, God has a way of getting your attention. Usually it’s something as striking as being exposed in front of Jesus as the person you really are. Something drastic usually has to happen to get our attention. The woman was minding her own business, living life as she knew how then suddenly she was dragged through the dirty streets up to Jesus to be condemned and stoned by men who cared no more for her than trash. She could have gotten depressed. She could have given up and condemned herself without waiting for God to do a good work in her life. She could have boldly spit in the face of her accusers, kicked dirt in Jesus face and ran for her life but she did none of those things. She waited for Jesus to speak to her. Then, He waited for her to respond.