Daily Devotional 3-11-19

GRACE AT THE WELL: Divine Appointment
 
He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. But He needed to go through Samaria. So He came to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. 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. –John 4:3-8
 
The Jews and the Samaritans had been hostile towards each other for centuries. However, Jesus, in whom the Kingdom of God is seen and experienced, would not join in this acrimonious relationship. Instead, he crossed strict cultural, gender, and moral status boundaries to meet a Samaritan woman who had been ostracized by her own community because of her questionable lifestyle.
 
The sentence “He needed to go through Samaria,” gives us insight into this text. Jesus could have chosen the regular route to travel, but necessity and divine appointment compelled him to pass through Samaria to meet a woman who needed to be set free.  Culturally, women in groups fetched water from the well in the morning or evening, not in the afternoon because of the heat. So, the fact that this woman was going to fetch water by herself meant she had no friends. She lived in a community, but had no connection. People surrounded her, but she had no one in her life. She was vulnerable, hungry and thirsty for a spiritual reality. During one of her lonely and ordinary routines of life, she stumbled into a divine appointment, meeting the Man who would change and restore dignity in her life forever.
 
No one has so been rejected, and ostracized beyond the embrace of God!
 
Through the Holy Spirit, God’s arm is stretched out to embrace all who are lonely, and lost in sin, and in life. Each day is a divine appointment for all because God knows, God cares, God wants to transform your life, for God loves.
 
Prayer: Lord, open my eyes, and grant me faith to see your waiting presence and longing love to meet me where I am.
 
Questions: Has life ever placed you in a situation where you needed social embrace, but had none?  How have you responded to the marginalized in your community?