Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Where's your Well?





Scripture

But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of flowing water,
(Genesis 26:19 NASB)
the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with the herdsmen of Isaac, saying, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek, because they contended with him.
(Genesis 26:20 NASB)
Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over it too, so he named it Sitnah.
(Genesis 26:21 NASB)
He moved away from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he named it Rehoboth, for he said, “At last the LORD has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land.”
(Genesis 26:22 NASB)
So he built an altar there and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well.
(Genesis 26:25 NASB)

Observation

Over and over again we find the need for water. Water is needed for life, for sustenance. In the days of Isaac and his family the need for water was so great that one had to plan their survival around the location of the wells. When water was in short supply tempers would become short as people fought over the wells. Ultimately those followers of the Lord discovered that he would lead them to the right location, and he would provide their need for water on a daily basis -- as long as they trusted in him.

Application

We are in need of daily sustenance today as well. Maybe it's not physical water, but in the New Testament this water becomes 'living water.' Jesus tells the woman at the well that he has water so that she will never be thirsty again. This new well of water doesn't need to be dug out of the soil, but rather, the well springs into our hearts and lives through the infilling of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is promised to us on a daily basis, quenching our thirst for God and empowering us with all that we need for a holy life.
But where are we digging our wells? Many of us are searching for soul quenching satisfaction in the wrong places. Our wells must be dug on our knees and in the word. There is no shortcut. There is no easy well to dig, but there is the promise that if we dig at his well, it never will run dry.

Prayer

Lord, thank you for your word this day and for infilling us daily with you. Amen.

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