Going Through

Barbara Brinkworth

The Bible says in John 4:4, “And he must needs go through Samaria.” The Holy Spirit never places things in the Word of God without a reason; although it is true that we do not always know that reason.

In this particular passage, the Bible tells the story that has come to be called, “The Woman at the Well.” As we read the passage, we find that Jesus had just left Judea. He was heading toward Galilee; where he would perform His first miracle. On the way, however, he had another mission to fulfill. There was a woman who needed a Saviour. Because of this, Jesus had to take a route through the place where the woman lived, Samaria. If Jesus had been unwilling to do his Father’s will, he might have taken a more direct path to his location. Yes, he would have gotten there sooner, but both he and the woman would have missed a tremendous blessing.

As Christians, there are times that we go through some things. The Bible says in I Corinthians 10:13, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” Usually we like to read the word “escape”, because we think we will be able to get out of a trial or testing. However, we neglect to see the words, “to bear it.” In order to bear something, you have to go through it.

At times like that, we will have to trust our Father’s judgment as to what He thinks we need in our life. It often is not what we think we need. Who among us would choose to go through: sickness, heartache, financial problems, or separation from loved ones? The truth be known, probably none of us.

Just as Jesus had a purpose in going through Samaria, God also has a purpose in the paths he chooses for us. His plan is often two-fold. Not only do these situations teach us many things (obedience, compassion, and understanding, to name a few), but they also allow us to be a blessing to others. How many people do you know who have been saved because a Christian was in the hospital for surgery at the same time they were? How many have been saved at a funeral of one of God’s choicest saints?

Remember the next time that it is your turn to go through some trial or tribulation, that God knows all about it. He will be with you all the way to the other side. Trust Him, and allow him to work his perfect plan in your life.

“ When life becomes all snarled up, offer it to our Lord and let Him untie the knots.”
— Book of Days for Christians

 

This article was featured in The Bible View #140.

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