Lenten Devotional: March 11

Psalm 55; Psalm 138; Psalm 139:1-23; Deuteronomy 11:18-28; Hebrews 5:1-10;
John 4:1-26

Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. John 4:6

Jesus was tired! He had traveled through hostile territory as he went from Judea to Galilee. It was probably very hot, very dusty and extremely exhausting. He is showing his humanity, and we can sympathize. No doubt most of us have been for long hikes or runs and have felt the physical effect. Added to this, Jesus was in an area where Jews and Samaritans “do not share things in common” as the woman at the well mentions. And also he had learned that the Pharisees were turning on him.

These are more stresses to add to Jesus’ physical tiredness. Yet Jesus uses this as a teaching moment and we have story of the woman at the well.

What a lesson for us. No matter what stresses we face, God will give us strength to overcome. We must have faith to worship in “spirit and in truth” knowing that our father in Heaven is always close waiting for us to turn to Him and trust in Him.

Psalm 139 verse 9 of today’s readings tells us “If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the furthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.”