Choosing the Divine Appointment
Hebrews 2:11 reminds us of Jesus’ humanity. Like you, and me, Jesus knew what it meant to be tired. John 4:6 tells us, “Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well.” Pastor Jon Courson wrote, “He knows how it feels to be bone-tired. I’m glad about that because I feel that way not infrequently. The battles rage. The problems mount. The struggles continue. And I just feel weary. Yet it is often at the point when we are weary or feeling weak that we will be used to the greatest degree.”
Isn’t that true of all of us. We’re tired. We’re ready to rest and recuperate and at that very moment God often intervenes with a divine appointment. We have a choice—we can cave into our feelings, or we can choose to see what God has in mind.
In this particular case, Jesus will soon meet a woman from Samaria. His weariness disappears as He gently leads her to Himself. He could have rested and ignored her—in fact, He could have skirted Samaria altogether as most Jews of the time did. Instead, he chose to follow God’s direction and will. He exchanged weariness for eternity.
So, when we’re tired and weary, what should keep us going?
The Apostle Paul helps us tremendously as we look at what he wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:10, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
God transformed Paul’s weariness and weaknesses into strength. It’s important to see that God didn’t “convert” his weariness; He “transformed” it by His grace. This is the same Paul who wrote to the Philippians, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)” Paul knew it wasn’t his power, but the power of God’s grace that kept him going.
Joshua probably faced a similar situation. He is chosen to follow one of the Bible’s most capable leaders. Moses was a hero (if that word can even cover what this man of God did in his lifetime) who spent time in God’s presence. Joshua takes over the mantle of leadership. He’s planning on overtaking the Promised Land—just thinking of that responsibility makes me tired. And, God says to him, “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
I’m certain Jesus remembered those words as He went about His Father’s business that hot noon in Samaria.
We should remember them as well. As God calls us to fulfill our marching orders, we can look at our weakness and weariness and refuse, or we can realize that God is with us and we don’t need to be afraid or dismayed. He’s there, right alongside us, wherever we go—next door, downtown Nashville, the airplane trip, or the casual conversation with someone at Starbucks. He’s there.
Let’s not be locked in our weariness or weakness. Let’s boldly seek His divine appointments to share our story with someone who, like the Samaritan woman, needs living water.
Are you with me?