My pastor preached about dried up wells recently and the message has really inspired me. Years ago, my husband and our family bought a house that had a spring of water in the front yard. We were unaware of it, because usually the grass and a few sticks and brambles covered it up. It was near the ditch so we really didn’t pay much attention to it. However, when the grass grew high and my husband mowed the grass, he came in saying the spring just “woke up” and started flowing down the embankment to the road. Slowly it seeped into the nearby ground and then was dormant until we mowed the grass again that overgrew the spring.
“So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar and settled there. Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died.”
We know that in order to live we need water, food and shelter. Water is a precious gift and even people today in other countries walk miles just to obtain a little water to drink. Money is raised for communities to dig wells in the ground so they can obtain clean refreshing water.
We live in a home now in a rural area and we do not have city water (where pipes go directly to your house bringing you water from a water plant perhaps far away.) We dug a well and now we have clean sweet water flowing to our home. We know how precious the water is to our family and we know that God provided the water for us.
My pastor pointed out that we as Christians have allowed the enemy to throw trash and debris in our wells. We think our wells have dried up, but the spring is STILL THERE. As we deal with life, family, work, and activities we allow a tangled mess of debris to get in our wells. God wants to remind us that He has brought us through so much in our life that we can praise Him for His goodness, because He has never forsaken us. We see ourselves as citizens of this world and the world will stop up our spring of thankfulness and joy. We will have boulders of defeat in our life. We can easily become disappointed and depressed. But God tells us we are here on this earth to glorify and magnify His name so others will be drawn to Jesus. We are not citizens of this world and our home is in heaven and we are just passing through this land. We must keep our garden weeded so we can reap a bountiful harvest. If our heart and mind is not guarded, the enemy will stop up our wells. Protect your soul and guard your heart. Put God first! Guard your well— don’t let the leaves and vines take over and strangle the refreshing flow of living water in your life.
Thank you, Pastor for reminding me to keep my wells clean and free of trash from the world. How about you? Has your well been stopped up by people or things used by Satan? Will you make an effort to get rid of the boulders in your life?