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John 4:31-54 Devotional – Day 5

Hearing God’s Voice from His Word

James 4:8 says, “Come near to God and he will come near to you.”
Take a moment and turn your attention to God. Tell God that you desire to trust and obey Him. Ask God to speak to you from His word.

Psalm of the Day

Psalm 17:6-9
I call on you, God,
because you will answer me;
listen closely to me; hear what I say.
7 Display the wonders of your faithful love,
Savior of all who seek refuge
from those who rebel against your right hand.
8 Protect me as the pupil of your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings
9 from the wicked who treat me violently,
my deadly enemies who surround me.
Read the Entire Psalm

Display the wonders of your faithful love. What is the wonder of God’s faithful love? The wonder is that God would make his faithful love available to humanity. We are completely undeserving of his love. The wonder of his faithful love is that he would allow humanity to seek refuge in him. His faithful love is on display on the cross. He is a refuge from sin and destruction. Praise him. Turn to him and his faithful love.

John 4:31-54 – Christian Standard Bible
31 In the meantime the disciples kept urging him, “Rabbi, eat something.”

32 But he said, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about.”

33 The disciples said to one another, “Could someone have brought him something to eat?”

34 “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work,” Jesus told them. 35 “Don’t you say, ‘There are still four more months, and then comes the harvest’? Listen to what I’m telling you: Open your eyes and look at the fields, because they are ready for harvest. 36 The reaper is already receiving pay and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that the sower and reaper can rejoice together. 37 For in this case the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap what you didn’t labor for; others have labored, and you have benefited from their labor.”

The Savior of the World
39 Now many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of what the woman said when she testified, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. 41 Many more believed because of what he said. 42 And they told the woman, “We no longer believe because of what you said, since we have heard for ourselves and know that this really is the Savior of the world.”

A Galilean Welcome
43 After two days he left there for Galilee. 44 (Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country.) 45 When they entered Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him because they had seen everything he did in Jerusalem during the festival. For they also had gone to the festival.

The Second Sign: Healing an Official’s Son
46 He went again to Cana of Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. There was a certain royal official whose son was ill at Capernaum. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea into Galilee, he went to him and pleaded with him to come down and heal his son, since he was about to die.

48 Jesus told him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.”

49 “Sir,” the official said to him, “come down before my boy dies.”

50 “Go,” Jesus told him, “your son will live.” The man believed what Jesus said to him and departed.

51 While he was still going down, his servants met him saying that his boy was alive. 52 He asked them at what time he got better. “Yesterday at one in the afternoon the fever left him,” they answered. 53 The father realized this was the very hour at which Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” So he himself believed, along with his whole household.

54 Now this was also the second sign Jesus performed after he came from Judea to Galilee.

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Having God’s Ear through Prayer

  • Express thanksgiving to God.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal sin to you.
  • Confess your sin to Him and receive forgiveness.
    (1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sin He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins.”)
  • Bring your personal requests to God.
    (Psalm 62:8 “Pour out your heart before God”)
  • Pray for someone in your small group.
  • Pray for the Onelink teams from River as they leave for training this weekend. Pray for the people they will meet overseas to come to a saving faith in Jesus.

Living as God’s People by applying the Bible

Scripture Reflection from the Sermon

“Putting in my time,” “Doing my time,” “Marking time.” These idioms have similar but different meanings. They have to do with the reality that we measure our lives by time. Time can be seen as something to “get through” or something to “make the most of.” Time can feel oppressive, like when we are ill or waiting anxiously for news. Time can “fly by” as we enjoy a vacation. We are creatures of time and space. God is a being who transcends both time and space. God has invented both time and space, and he has placed us in these constructs in order that we would enjoy him and glorify him. You are sitting in a single space, a chair for instance. You are experiencing this single moment in time. Then you will get up, move around in different spaces and “spend” another day. “Spending a day” is yet another time idiom. I pray that you do spend the day and not squander it. Many of the people you will encounter today did not “take the time” to ponder their lives. They are rushing through their days, with little thought of the purpose of their lives. The day will come for them, for all of us, when we will wake up on our final day. We will not, on that day, close our eyes in sleep, we will close our eyes in death. How tragic on that day to not have given careful attention to the purpose of our lives. How wonderful on that day, when we have lived our days, looking for and living for, the will of God. Whatever your day holds, it is a gift from God. Spend it, do not waste it. You spend it, not by trying to find something “great” to do, but by simply living this day in faithful obedience to God. Keep him in the front of your mind as you spend this day for his glory.