God on the Mountain – Linda Randle 👆🏿👆🏿👆🏿
Topic : Being a Blessing in the Valley
Text : John 4:3-43
Last Sunday, our Pastor at CTL who delivered the sermon made a profound statement that has stayed with me. The statement is simple but deep – “anointing precedes appointment”. He used key patriarchs of the bible to drive home the point that we must work with God through a process of maturation. David for instance was long anointed as King of Israel before he ascended the throne. Rather, he carried the anointing in doing exploits amongst “wild beasts” until his appointment came. In humility, he served his father and brothers faithfully until God used Goliath and the ailment of King Saul to expose him. Today, we will use excerpts from a very interesting passage, John 4, to better understand the mind of God in our times of obscurity or “valley time”.
As our worship song goes, God is the same on both the mountain and the valley. Also, God sees the end from the beginning and calls His own even from the womb (Jer 1:5). When God has called His own He anoints them for His purpose. However, there are mountains and valleys along the way of maturation. While I don’t know where you are in your journey to God’s calling in your life, I have by experience noted that we all go through the cycle of growth towards that next level of glory or appointment. If this is true, what kind of persons ought we to be at these times?
1. Patient – Heb 10:36 says “for ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise”. We must be diligent in seeking and doing the will of God at all times, especially at the “valley” component of our growth cycle. The enemy of our souls would taunt us and seek to throw frustrations on our paths at this time. But we must not not allow Satan get an advantage of us for we are not ignorant of his devices (2 Cor 2:11).
2. Non-discriminatory – In the interval between anointing and appointment, God often presents us with opportunities to serve. Sometimes, He sends us to serve the “undeserving” and sometimes persons who appear ungodly. In our passage for today, when Jesus met the woman at the well (John 4:9-10), the woman quickly pointed out the fact that Jesus, as a Jew was not meant to speak to her, a Samaritan by tradition. Jesus ignored the tradition and focused on directing the woman towards the water of life. How do you treat those God has brought your way, especially in the “valley” times? As the Holy Spirit told Peter in Acts 10:15, “what God hath cleansed, that call not thou common”. Do not let ethnic, religious,
3. Not comparing with others – In John 4:12-14, the Samaritan woman asks Jesus “who do you think you are? Are you bigger that our father Jacob who gave us this well? Jesus at this time was actually tired and hungry. He however chose not to react to the question but once again direct the woman to the blessing/anointing he carried – the water of life. No matter where you are in the “anointing to appointment” cycle, you must resist the temptation to compare with others (2 Cor 10:12). Their anointing and appointment times are different from yours.
4. Focused on what is important to God – Jesus was wearied and hungry when he met the Samaritan woman at the well. However, in John 4:31-34, the disciples who had come back with food urged Jesus to eat. He couldn’t because He was excitedly awaiting the harvest. We must all take on this burden as the will of the Lord is that “all should be saved”. Jesus said “my meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish it”. We must not be sloppy in the work of the master. Jesus indeed “finished” this assignment. Even though He was passing through Samaria towards Galilee, Jesus was so passionate for delivering souls into the kingdom that He spent 2 more days in Samaria…until the whole city was saved. John 4:40. Remember, men shall not live by bread along but by every word…Mat 4:4.
Father, thank you for calling me. Please grant me the grace to do your will and to finish it in Jesus name.