“But He needed to go through Samaria.”
John 4:4 NKJV
“A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. 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 4:7-10 NKJV
Years before the passage above there was a baby girl, of no distinction that the Lord loved. I imagine her life as difficult, fraught with pain, instability and having little hope.
He knew her from the beginning and had an appointment, scheduled through her life, to meet her that day at the well. I was moved to tears this morning when I read this passage. I have read it time and time again, I have taught on it, I have even had an opportunity to preach on it from the pulpit of my local church.
This morning it hit me hard. God has made my heart raw, as I have sought to intercede on the behalf of the saints and others. His word is daily touching me anew. This morning I was moved by the text that states Jesus “needed” to go to Samaria. In the King James it is even more emphatic, as it says He must needs to go to Samaria.
Jesus had an appointment, set from the foundation of the world, to meet with a woman of no reputation. The mere fact that He, as a Jewish man, was meeting with this woman alone, risking His own reputation was amazing.
Typically the women would come out to get water at a later hour, when it is cooler. She was going out at a time when there would be no one, and the heat burned down on her from the sun above. I am sure she put up with the heat, to avoid the heat of her neighbors. I am certain she heard the whispers casting aspersions on her name and her life. Her walk to the well was a walk of shame. Little did she know that on this day she would encounter the King of the Universe, who knew all that she had done.
My tears this morning were remembrance of my appointment with Jesus. He must needed to encounter me on a resurrection Sunday in 1998. He made that appointment with me long before a single cell of my being was formed. He waited through all of my mistakes, all my sins, and all my failures. He was and is patient with me. Yet He kept His appointment and saved my soul.
We are all significant to God. No matter how you may feel, He was thinking of you from the foundation of the earth. He would have come, if you were the only one. He has an appointment for everyone, but many will choose not to keep it. The current pandemic is like a notification on a smartphone, reminding one of an appointment with the King of Glory.
Non believer, He is aware of you even though you may not be aware of Him. You feel an emotional tug on your conscience? That might be the reminder from God that you too have an appointment.
Believers, He wants to meet with you everyday! Take time today to keep that appointment! Open your bible, open your heart, and open your mouth in prayer and praise. He is a personal God. He knows YOU! He is waiting.
Rejoice in the fact that He knew you from the foundation of the world, and the remembrance of the appointment that you kept that transformed your life forever.
Backslid? He has an appointment for you too. His grace will make you anew and fill you with His Holy Spirit. He will draw you into a spirit of repentance, and give you a new start.
I rejoice in His steadfast love for me! Jesus would have gone to the cross if I was the only one to be saved. So great a salvation!
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