The Beauty Of Divine Interruption
“Now he had to go through Samaria.” - John 4:4
Had to go… that phrase shows up 99 times in the New Testament. A more literal translation is “must needs go.”
Jesus “must needs go” through Samaria.
Jesus didn’t “have to go” through Samaria on his way from Judea to Galilee because it was the only route. Jews would sometimes go a longer way around Samaria through Perea so they could avoid the Samaritans. Jews hated the Samaritans and being a religious teacher, it would have been expected that Jesus would avoid this unclean people and take his disciples around, not through.
But he had to go.
It may not have shown up in his google calendar but Jesus had something to do around noon that day.
A Divine appointment with a Samaritan woman.
Sometimes I think I know exactly where and how I will be ministering the Gospel for the day. I’m in full-time ministry and I have my calendar full of appointments and things I must do. But when we are on assignment from the Lord, He will direct and re-direct and it may not be where you thought you’d end up.
Isn’t that cool?
It makes me feel so excited about my day when I surrender it to Him. How about you? Be ready… because those things you have to do and places you have to go through in order to get to where you think you’re supposed to be may actually be the point. The Divine interruption. The place where God wants to do something greater through you than that place you were headed.