Thought for the Week - 19th October

Pastor Diana Rutherford


John 4:6

Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as He was from the journey,

sat down by the well. It was about noon.

It’s a comforting thought to think that even Jesus got tired and had to rest.

We too can grow tired on the journey and there are times we need to rest.

Sometimes, we need the deep quiet peace of God’s own presence to help us and strengthen us. A time of drawing aside from all the busyness of life and relaxing deeply into the silence of God. Other times, we are too tired even for that and we just need to leave spiritual thoughts alone and do something practical and therapeutic.

Sad as it may seem, I find housework therapeutic when I’m really deep down tired! Just being able to get on with the practicalities of life helps. At other times it’s a sheer joy to just sit at His feet and drink in quietly and let Him strengthen me.

I love the wording of this verse. ‘Jacob’s well was there.’

It’s almost as if the well was put there for the sole purpose our Lord Jesus could rest from His journey.

God will provide for you a Jacob’s well. A place just at the right time for you to conveniently rest and find strength again. Don’t feel guilty about having a rest and gathering strength whether physical or spiritual. It’s what He wants us to do and so He set us His own perfect example. As we gather strength we will find we have new energies for the days ahead. Strength gives us wisdom when dealing with situations and difficulties. Strength gives us discernment between right and wrong. Strength gives us joy to go forward in the work of God.

Take time to rest by your Jacob’s well and renew your energies for each step of your journey, particularly at noon!


‘The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.’

Isaiah 32:17

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