I SING BESIDE THE WELL
Is it possible that one could die of thirst beside a well of life-giving water? Spiritually, I believe we can. When we become lax in our prayer life and Bible reading, the evil one comes and says it is not so serious. He offers a taste of water that this world has to offer, a drink of pleasure, pride, financial security, or honor. We begin to think as the Pharisees, praying in the temple and claiming to be so righteous. We begin carrying weights that so easily beset us so that we cannot run the race that is set before us. We lose our thirst for the living water. Then we do as the prophet said. We commit two evils. We not only forsake the fountain of living water but also hew out broken cisterns that can hold no water.
Eventually we may become as the prodigal son. We almost die of thirst. Hopefully, we can recognize our need and remember the time we drank of the living water that Christ has to offer. If we will do as the prodigal son did and return with a repentant heart, God will forgive us and give the life-giving water.
How that drink will inspire us to a closer walk with God and a love for His Word. David said, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God” (Ps. 42:1). This drink will satisfy and give strength to overcome the enemy.
God promises something better. God will give a stronger faith and fuller knowledge of His way, a more enduring look, a more effectual prayer life, a greater usefulness in His work. To receive this blessing, there must be a coming back to reclaim the old homestead.
The prophet Isaiah said in Isaiah 12:3, “Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” We will draw with joy. There is something to do on our part. We come asking Christ for the life-giving water, and He will give it. He said that out of our belly will flow living water.
We have seen a picture of a hand-dug well with a canopy built over it. In the framework, there is a shaft with a crank on one end of the shaft and a rope is extended around an old oaken bucket. The bucket is let down to the water. As we stand there looking down to the water, it is so pure, clean, and cool. How we long for it. Could it be that our prayer is like turning the crank and bringing the bucket to the top? How we long for that water. When it gets to the top, we reach for the dipper and drink with joy. How it satisfies the thirst.
Oh, the blessings we can enjoy when we drink from the well of salvation. There will be strength to overcome the evil, and there will be love for the brethren. Jesus said, “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:30). The Apostle Paul says in Ephesians 3:16, “To be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.” There will be tests and difficult times, but Jesus has said He will be with us to the end. May we stay close to the well and drink of the living water and live.
Messenger of Truth, 2016, No. 20