"Times of refreshing"

THERE is a well-loved account of an incident taken from the early ministry of Jesus which has lived through the years because it shows that healing will result "when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord."

Jesus was on a journey with his disciples from Judea into Galilee, and they "must needs go through Samaria," a country not friendly to the Jews. There, near the city of Sychar, was located Jacob's well. Jesus, apparently feeling a need for rest and refreshment, waited at the well while his disciples continued into the city to buy meat. Upon their return later in the day they found him in conversation with a woman of Samaria who had come to draw water at the well. They marveled that he talked with the woman. They urged him to partake of the food they had brought. He said, "My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work." "Hath any man brought him ought to eat?" they questioned among themselves.

How did Jesus gain that sense of renewal? What had been the topic of his conversation with the woman of Samaria? He was explaining to her the gift of God, that "living water" which, as we drink of it, becomes in us "a well of water springing up into everlasting life." Jesus used his moments of waiting to glorify God, to renew his sense of man's spiritual selfhood, and in so doing he gained dominion over weariness.

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January 4, 1936

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