Intentional Grounding

If you have ever watched a football game, you might have seen a penalty called on the quarterback referred to as “intentional grounding.” Intentional grounding is when the quarterback intentionally throws the ball away in order to avoid being sacked and to avoid a considerable loss in yardage.

In this chapter, we see an encounter between Jesus and a woman at a well. John specifically points out to us that Jesus had to go through Samaria. (See John 4:4) Now geographically, this statement is not true. There was an easier, more convenient, and more direct way Jesus could have taken. So why does John write that Jesus had to go through Samaria? I believe it is to point out the truth that everything in your life happens, not by accident, but with intentionality. Jesus didn’t have to go through Samaria. He went there intentionally with a purpose.

Your life doesn’t consist of perhaps, but was created with purpose. Just like the quarterback throws the ball away with intention in order to avoid getting hurt, God intentionally places you where you are in life in order to avoid dangers and destruction. He also opens doors and provides deliverance for you. You were created on purpose, with a purpose, for a purpose. What family you are a part of, where you live, what school you go to, even who you sit next to in your classroom is all intentional and for a purpose. Nothing is random, but happens for a reason. Start living your life on purpose.

  1. What does this passage teach us about God? How does it apply to you?
  2. What areas of your life have you thought were accidental?
  3. Ask God to open your eyes to see the intentionality and purpose in your life.



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