The God of Intentionality

As I read Scripture I sometimes get the sense that God acts in random ways at random times. Yet, as I begin to really focus on the events and circumstances under which he acts and when he acts a deeper meaning begins to unravel that we 21st century people miss. The Bible is a collection of literature that spreads over some 1,000 years of God acting in and through history. So, we must read Scripture with this in mind and how that applies to us.
 
Just today my devotional was about the Feast of Tabernacles. The people live in tents or booths during this festival and commemorates the anniversary of the wilderness wanderings of the Israelites after their escape from Egypt. During this festival, a ritual took place called the Water Drawing Ceremony. The worshipers would proceed to the Pool of Siloam and the Priest would draw water with a golden pitcher and pour out the water at the altar. A verse from Isaiah 12:3 would be read: ‘Joyfully you will draw water from the springs of deliverance.’ The Hebrew word for deliverance is yeshua; which is the Hebrew name for Jesus. In John 7:37-38 Jesus said, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink.’ What is so fascinating about this is that all of this took place during the Feast of Tabernacles (John 7:2). The people had been focusing on water and Jesus is saying I am the living water and if you drink from this water I offer, you will thirst no more. Of course, he is speaking about the Holy Spirit living within believers.

Let us remember that God never acts randomly in Scripture or in our daily lives. There is a plan and a purpose for all he does. And his timing is perfect. Jesus is our deliverer and desires for us to live and serve him each and every day. Are you drawing from the springs of Jesus our Lord and Savior today?