A Divine Appointment
by Jim Hughes
John 4:4 He had to go through Samaria on the way. NLT
What strikes me about this statement is that this was not a trip without a purpose. Jesus and the disciples purposely went by way of Samaria.
Why? As we read on, we discover that there was a woman in Samaria who needed to see Jesus. Jesus knew she was there, and He wanted to give her an opportunity to get to know Him. We are led to believe that the disciples did not know about her. They were just traveling with Jesus learning all they could about Him and eternal life.
It reminds me that Jesus knows those who are lost and will go out of His way to confront them. He knows those who are lost and open to being found. He knows that all they need is be presented with the truth of the Gospel. Because He is love, God reaches out to us when we need Him the most. No matter how unlovable we may be, He comes to us to offer us eternal life.
The woman He went to see was an immoral woman. She had been married five times and was then living with a man without being married to him. Yet, she was open to the truth. Scripture does not tell us what brought her to the point where she was open to the Gospel. Perhaps she had discovered just how unfulfilling her life of sin was. She knew she was not happy living the life that she was living. She needed something better; she needed God in her life.
We need to be careful that we don't shut out those whom we think are not "Gospel material."
We need to share the truth with everyone whom the Lord brings our way. We don't know the heart of others. Perhaps, that one who others would avoid and consider hopeless may just be the one who is ready to hear the truth and be saved. Don't judge others because of what they have done. God puts people in our paths to be a light too. Don't hide your light from them and perhaps be the one who causes them to slip into hell because you did not give them one more opportunity to be saved.
About the Author
I am a retired pastor having served the church mainly as a bi-vocational pastor for over 40 years. I have been married for over 40 years and we have two married children and a single son. I have an online ministry, posting daily devotionals and tweeting on faith and marriage.
I have authored a series of devotional books covering every book of the Bible and several marriage books.
You can read Jim’s “Sunday Inspiration” column on the 3rd Sunday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.