OCTOBER 15, 2019 LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE : TOPIC – PURSUED BY GOD
THE LIVING WATER
DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 – _International Day of Rural Women
TOPIC – PURSUED BY GOD
Read: John 4:1-7
1]When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,(Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.And he must needs go through Samaria.Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
MEMORISE: But He needed to go through Samaria. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink”_ (John 4:4,7).
As the world celebrates and talks about how the rural women can be reached and assisted, a consideration of how Jesus reached a stigmatized Samaritan woman with salvation is not out of place. Consider a woman with a shady past, gossiped about in her village, and shunned for being a home wrecker. That was the woman of Samaria; not a fiction. Her problems and pain, like many of ours, were real, hounding her everyday until she encountered a very real Saviour!
Despite the custom of Jews then to avoid contact with the stigmatized Samaritan, Jesus still *_had to go through Samaria_ (Jn. 4:4; NLT).* That He had to, needed to, and must, underscores a steady resolve and urgency! He had deliberately scheduled a divine appointment with the woman at the well, though she knew nothing about it, this ostracized, lonely woman had a life-transforming encounter with Jesus at the well. But she wasn’t the one who sought Jesus to talk to Him. The Saviour pursued her there. He still does that today.
Do you have a past that you are ashamed of? Are you struggling to overcome something that you know is destroying you? Jesus hasn’t changed. Like with the Samaritan woman, He seeks to help you (Psa. 46:1). He knows the suffering, shame, and struggles you are going through. He goes out of the way to have a personal encounter with you, to rescue and restore you. The fact that you are reading this right now is confirmation that Jesus is reaching out to you with His love, grace and forgiveness. Talk to Him as the woman did. Taste and touch His grace and compassion for you. Discover His forgiveness, freedom, and strength to walk into a bright new future.
1. Lord Jesus, I know You have found me. I surrender my all to You.
2. Lord Jesus, like You went after Saul, until You got him on his way to Damascus, pursue persecutors of Your Way in this nation, and cause bounteous harvest of souls amongst them.
3. Pray for both the professional and subtle harlots, that God should visit them with His grace and mercy, to rescue and restore them.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Isa. 230:14 – 33:14; Phil 4:17 – 4:23; Col. 1:1 – 1:15
Author: CAC WORLDWIDE