Scripture Reading: Judges 1:1-2:5 / John 4:1-26 / Proverbs 11:9-18
A divine appointment is a meeting with another person that has been specifically and unmistakably ordered by God. It is never simply a coincidence because God is in it. Sometimes we may recognize it, other times we don’t but might later after the light goes on in our head! There was a Samaritan woman that was about to have a divine appointment…a real face-to-face conversation with The Son of God.
It says that Jesus “had to go through Samaria.” (John 4:4) The Samaritans were Jews who had intermarried with Gentiles so they were despised, unwanted and rejected from Jewish association. Jesus went to meet with a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. This well was dug by Jacob and was a most honored place. This woman would have her most spiritual experience here.
She came to the well at high noon, when the sun was the most intense. She did not go the well during the cool of the day when other women gathered. The well was a social gathering place and women would meet to talk and gossip. Knowing this woman’s reputation, she was probably the topic of the gossip and she went alone to escape the taunts, sneers and looks. She desperately needed someone to love her but she was so alone.
To her surprise, a Jewish Rabbi was sitting at the well. He asked her for a drink of water and she was taken back by his request. It was unusual that a man would speak to a woman, let alone he was a Rabbi, a Jew and requested a drink out of her water pot. She scoffed at him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (vs.9)
The conversation got real interesting for her as this Rabbi told her if she really knew who he was, she would ask him for a drink…a drink of “Living Water”. He did not have a water pot, nothing to draw out the water and the well was 150 feet deep. She again scoffs at him, “Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob…” (vs.11,12) Jesus then says something that gets her attention and pricks her heart… living water that will satisfy her so she will never thirst again and it will be her source of eternal life!
There were springs of living water that were ready to break open in her heart. Jesus who cried on the cross, “I Thirst”, was ready to open a floodgate of redemption within this parched and stagnant woman. This immoral woman was a victim of abused relationships, deep wounds and a longing to be loved. She found hope, forgiveness, and life at Jacob’s well! We may think we would be the last person God would ever want to make an appointment with. Like this Samaritan woman, He knows we exist and we are not far removed from His ever-reaching love, grace and touch. Thank God there is a Savior who insists on going through Samaria. He has scheduled you for… A Divine Appointment!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!