Monthly Archives: August 2014

Don’t Miss an Opportunity

Reference Scripture: John 4:7-14

“There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, ‘Give Me a drink.’ For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Therefore the Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am 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.’ She said to Him, ‘Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water? You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?’ Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.’” – John 4:7-14

Jesus was worn out and by Himself. It was around noon, so His disciples had gone off into the city to buy food. Then comes this Samaritan woman and Jesus realizes there’s an opportunity to have a spiritual conversation with someone. All of the sudden, tired or not, He saw a chance to talk to her. And so His opening line is, “Give Me a drink.”Now, on the surface, that opening line doesn’t exude much charm. He doesn’t even say, “Could you, please…”

Bear in mind that not only was Jesus tired, He was talking to a Samaritan woman – something no Jewish man would do. He didn’t care about the grudge between the Jews and Samaritans. He just saw a woman who needed the Lord. Was she immediately drawn to Him? Not at all. She asked Him, “Why are you talking to me?” So, Jesus immediately turned a simple request into a spiritual conversation, telling her about Living water. He knew that nobody went to the well to get water at noon, and He could sense that she was deeply wounded inside. Did she automatically understand about Living water?  Nope. But, that didn’t deter Jesus.

So, the conversation about Living water continues in tomorrow’s devotion. For today, remember, Jesus was tired, but not too tired to see the needs in someone’s life. How do we act when we’re tired? Do we become grouchy and couldn’t care less about the needs of anyone else? Or do we still keep our eyes and hearts open for opportunities to love people like Jesus did? And that’s something to think about.

Knowing Jesus Daily

Let me hear Your loving-kindness in the morning; for I trust in You. Teach me the way in which I should walk; for to You I lift up my soul. Psalm 143:8

From beginning to end, this psalm of David is a petition and prayer to the Lord that covers every possible eventuality that is likely to touch each of our lives, at one time or another. His pleas for mercy and forgiveness flow into a deep concern about the continuing onslaught and attacks from His enemies, which identifies David’s desperate situation.

But then he begins to reflect on the goodness of the Lord and starts to express his intense longing for God – before breaking into song about the great goodness and perfect righteous of our heavenly Father. It is only then that his heart cries out: let me hear of Your unfailing love each morning.. for I am trusting You. Show me where to walk.. for I give myself to You. 

From beginning to end this is a psalm that could be the prayerful petition of any of God’s children. No matter how far we have strayed from the Lord He hears our penitent cries. Whatever problems or difficulties we face, He is our protection and provider. Whether we are seeking the Lord with all our hearts or urgently crying to Him for pity, He is faithful to answer all our cries.

Let us like David put our entire trust in the Lord, and open our ears morning by morning to hear of His loving-kindness and to joyfully sing of His never-ending faithfulness. Let us be ready and willing to humbly submit to the Holy Spirit within, and ask Him to lead us and to guide us.. to teach us and to train us in the way that He would have us go.. and day by day let us rejoice in the Lord our God and lift up our hearts in prayer and praise, for He alone is worthy.

Heavenly Father, how I thank and praise You that Your loving-kindness  is new every morning and that You are ready and willing to lead and guide me in the way that I should go. Give me a teachable spirit I pray and a heart that is filled with praise – for You alone are my Lord and my God, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN