Series: "Worth the Wait"
Weary At The Well
November 22, 2020 | Mike Solorio
WORTH THE WAIT
“Weary at the Well”
INTRO: How many people are tired?
John 4:1-3 (NIV)
Jesus refused to be controlled by the agendas of others.
When Jesus started performing miracles and he started gaining popularity, he represented a threat to the religious establishment, which had become so political they had lost the heart of the Father in pursuit of building their own kingdom.
Jesus was about His Father's business. God’s Kingdom. He was guided from the inside not by external pressure or agendas.
One of the things that I've been tired of lately is not knowing what information to trust. Everyone has a different angle, perspective, and their own agendas.
(v.4) - “Now he had to go through Samaria”.
We all have some area we try to avoid. In fact, sometimes the reason we're tired is because we're working around everything God wants to bring us through.
QUESTION: "What are you working around in life that God wants you to walk through?"
He had to go through Samaria, not because it was the predictable path or the popular path but because it was the path of his purpose!
Jesus had to go through Samaria. That's where he went. And Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman…" That's who. Sychar…that's where. "…came to draw water…" That's what. "…Jesus said to her, 'Will you give me a drink?’" Thats why.
SEVEN SIGNS, SEVEN STATEMENTS, SEVENTH MAN
In John's gospel, there are seven signs the author mentions that Jesus did. It's not all that he did. It's not all. These are called the "seven signs" in John.
- Changing water into wine at Cana (John 2:1-11)
- Healing the royal official’s son in Capernaum (John 4:46-54)
- Healing the paralytic at Bethesda (John 5:1-15)
- Feeding the five thousand (John 6:5-14)
- Jesus walking on water (John 6:16-24)
- Healing the man blind from birth (John 9:1-7)
- The raising of Lazarus (John 11:1-45)
John also gives Seven Statements:
“I am the bread of life.” (John 6:35, 41, 48, 51)
“I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12)
“I am the door of the sheep.” (John 10:7,9)
“I am the good shepherd.” (John 10:11, 14)
“I am the resurrection and the life.” (John 11:25)
“I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6)
“I am the true vine.” (John 15:1, 5)
John is showing us this number of completion: seven. God's number: seven. Six is man's number. That's why we're tired: because we're living in six. Jesus is the seventh man!
I know you've been tired…Jesus got tired too!
Jesus sat down in Samaria (that's where) to talk to a woman (that's who), asking for water (that's what). But why? Because he was tired. But being weary doesn't mean you're weak!
Sometimes…the direct route is the divine route.
God is powerful enough to give me strength and human enough to get tired.
I'm waiting on God right now. I'm waiting, and I'm weary. And while I've waited, I've learned that Faith doesn't prevent fatigue; it gives me a place to sit! Jesus sat and waited at a well!
QUESTION: "What wells do you sit by when you're tired?"
A lot of the places that we're sitting while we're tired are only making us more dehydrated. Drinking from wells that are making us more fragmented, less whole, and less informed.
SIT WITH HIM, SEE WITH HIM
Sit with him and see who you really are. Sit with him a little while. I believe God is revealing some things to us in this season. I believe God is revealing to His church that he has made us for a time when the world is so divided; and when the world is so apathetic.
He sat by the well to talk to a woman who had had five husbands and was living with number six so she could know he was number seven.
Jesus sat down, not because he needed rest but because she did! That's what I love about God, who will not only fight for me and walk with me and talk with me, but He'll come through 41 generations and go through Samaria just to sit and wait with me. And even if you don't have the patience to wait for Him, He waits for you!
WAIT WITH THE WELL, WATER FROM WITHIN
When you're tired...spiritually tired, be very careful that you do not become dehydrated. You have to drink water from the right well. You have to move away from wells that will never quench your thirst, and receive the water that flows from within.
God knows you're tired. He knows you're thirsty. He hung on a cross and said, "I thirst too". The man who was God became man, and he who knew no sin became sin that we might become the righteousness of God. He said to the woman, and he said to me, and he says to you, "Come unto me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
You will never get what you need from out there. It's in here. It's inside of you. It is a well that springs up from within.
The proof of his power was not just when he walked on water. The proof of his power was when he sat on a well. Sometimes he walks on water; sometimes he is water!
It's all right to be tired. But leave that jar you brought behind, that jar that represents what you've been carrying that you weren't meant to carry alone, and receive right now what only he can reveal. He sits and waits with us in our brokenness. He sits & waits with us in our unbelief. He sits & waits with us in our rage. And He sits & waits with us to show us who we really are!
MAKE IT PERSONAL…
What are some ways you’ve found yourself getting tired these last 8 months?
Read: John 4:1-8
Jesus had to go through Samaria. We all must go through some area. What’s in front of you right now that you have to go through? (What are you walking around right now that God might want you to go through?) What’s a first step you can take toward going through?
Jesus sat down by the well because He was tired. In what ways can you relate to tired Jesus? How does knowing that He was tired encourage you or give you permission to feel tired yourself?
What wells have you been drinking from that are making you more tired?
In the book of John, Jesus gives seven statements that start with “I am”: Which of these has helped you the most lately? Which one do you need Him to be the most right now?
Read: Isaiah 40:30-31.
What does it mean to wait on the Lord? How do you need to do that?
Even Jesus got tired. What well do you sit by when you’re tired? How do you need to sit by the well this week?
PRAYER: Jesus, thank You for being the well where we find rest. Encourage us this week to seek You when we feel tired and to listen for You when we need guidance. Teach us how to rest fully in Your presence so we may have the strength and peace to live in a way that shows You’re light to the world. In Your name, amen.