Where is your Well ?
With Peter Veysie
George Methodist church
Sunday 12th September 2021
8am and 10am
I was talking to someone in this last week about the importance of balancing out our negativity with positivity and to find ways to get to the well where you can get filled up, topped up and ready to go again. I have opportunity as you know to run and also to sail and these are really important “wells” for me to drink from, but I find that my deep and spiritual well is my early morning quiet moments with the Lord. I need to go there or else I won’t really have been topped up with living water that comes from the spring that I am priveledged to drink from on a daily basis.
There’s a lot of discussion in the Bible about wells. They were significant places of interest and represented a number of things, so it’s good to understand. Particularly when all most of us have to do these days is to turn on a tap and out comes the much needed water.
In the hot dry climate of Israel wells are all about life. Without them animals wouldn’t thrive and crops wouldn’t grow. People would be overwhelmed by thirst and life would become unsustainable. Without water what you have is a desert. That’s all clear and fairly obvious. But wells represent much more besides the above. To possess a well was to be independent and they were often inherited from previous generations so they spoke of the right to live in a given place.
God wasn’t just giving Isaac a place to settle he was establishing the future nation of Israel in that place. We have to acknowledge the difficulty that raises, there were some problems at the start and he had to move a couple of times, but God was creating a place of promise and blessing in a foreign land.
Where our wells are now? Where are the places where we are able to become established and watered with the blessings God has for us? Where are the places where our roots can push down into the soil and take hold? What does the Lord give us in the image of the well and how do we understand this from a Spiritual perspective ?
Read John 4:7-15
In John 4:14 Jesus told the Samaritan woman that “Whoever drinks the water I will give him will never thirst. Indeed the water I give him will become in him a spring of living water.” It seems to me that Jesus answered the question. In Him we are established, have hope and a future and in whom we find our blessings.
1. A well is supplied and provided by God Himself.
We need to recognise that the Lord always supplies and provides us with a place to meet with Him. It is our choice as to whether we do this or not. In our vulnarability and struggles and warts and all, he wants to meet with us. In ancient times these wells were necessary for a community to survive and if they were filled or broken it would impact an entire community. They were places where people would come to worship the Lord (not the well but the Lord !!!)
“Spring up, O well! All of you sing to it…” (see Numbers 21:16-17)
God’s people recognized that He was the One who had provided the water before, and that He would do so again. It is a place to find supply to fill up our spiritual tanks.
2. A well is where we have an encounter with Almighty God.
One day, God found Hagar at a spring, and instructed her to return home. Pregnant and alone, she had fled from Sarah’s mistreatment of her.
After Hagar’s personal encounter with God, that location was named, “Well of the One who lives and sees me!” (Gen 16:13-14)
No one is beyond the Father’s reach!
We need to know that He sees us and ministers to us at our wells and brings healing and restoration.
Years later, Isaac’s son Jacob visited Beersheba, where he worshipped and offered sacrifices to God. There, he had a prophetic encounter; “visions of the night” where God spoke to him of his destiny! (Gen 46:1-4)
It’s not only a place to be seen but also to experience the Lord in very powerful and deep meaningful ways that spring us into action.
3. A well of salvation
The prophet Isaiah wrote, “Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12:3
The Hebrew word translated “wells” here, also means fountains (Strong’s H4599)
Jesus met a Samaritan woman at a well. And from that grace encounter, an entire city was brought to faith in Christ! He said to her,
“…whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain [well] of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:14
It is interesting that salvation speaks about putting ointment on a wound and we all need “salve”. We are saved once and for all but it is still important that it is an ongoing present and continuous process. We often want quick fixes in our lives but ointment takes time to work and to heal and we need to be aware of this.
These wells of salvation will result in great joy on the earth, for the thirsty will come and find the water of life (Is 55:1)
4. Wells have been faithfully dug by past generations
Isaac took his family on a journey in the land, and along the way, his servants re-dug the wells of his father Abraham. He called them by the same names his father had! (Gen 26:18)
A well that has been in used before—even when it has been stopped up—can be accessed again.
Deep underground, a supply of water continues to exist.
Is the Holy Spirit speaking to you about re-digging a well?
That which has been abundant before, in past generations, is being revealed again.
We need to always give thanks for the generations before us who have been faithful to the Lord and literally dug wells that we can drink from. The faithful mentors who have guided and directed our lives. When we arrived at GMC we had a clear vision of the young and the old dancing together. We obviously need to focus on the nextgen, but not forgetting the faithful that have gone before us. We stand on their shoulders
5. Wells can represent the Holy Spirit
Wells represent God Himself—He calls Himself the “Spring of living water”.
“…they have abandoned me—the fountain of living water.
The Holy Spirit is often characterized in the Bible by water, and the move of the Spirit can be seen in the River of Life, a recurring theme throughout Scripture. Ezek 47
A well that is located at an underground spring also represents the Holy Spirit.
Jesus spoke of salvation being as “the well of water springing up into eternal life” (John 4:14).
“Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” John 7:38
A well is nothing without the Holy Spirit. We can read our bibles, journal and even play worship songs, but unless we invite the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us and fill us, it is a complete waste of time. We all leak and are in need of the infilling of the Holy Spirit and at our wells, we need to ask the Lord to fill us again.
6. Wells strengthen the condition of our Hearts
What is the condition of your heart and what springs from it ?
As we draw close to the Lord and draw from the Lord, we invite Him to examine our hearts and to see if their is a need for a heart transplant. The health of your heart is so critical and not only that but the heart of the church, the heart of a city and a nation and it shows clearly it’s condition by what is coming out of us.
God created us to worship Him, and He looks to our hearts, to see what is flowing from us.
Our hearts and spirits can be wells, where the Holy Spirit resides and flows powerfully from us (John 7:37-38)
The writer of the Proverbs exhorts us, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23)
Jesus said that what we speak comes out of the overflow of our heart (Luke 6:45)
Likewise, James warns us, “Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?” (James 3:11)
May we be so in love with Jesus, that our hearts will be given over to worship.
That from our hearts—through our mouths—the nature of God will be seen, and our every communication will be life-giving.
7. Wells are Places of Divine Appointments
Wells in the Bible were regularly a location of Divine appointments and answers to prayer.
As the story of Hagar shows us, this is true even in times of extremity and need.
When Moses fled from Pharaoh, he arrived at a well at Midian. There, he met the daughters of a Midianite priest (Exodus 2). One of these women—Zipporah—became his wife. This land would be his home for the next forty years of his life and prepare him for his future leadership of Israel.
Isaac’s servant met his master’s future wife, Rebekah at a well! (Gen 24:15)
Wells speak give us an opportunity to get instructions from the Lord as to what our assignments are for the day. It is unwise to go into any day without asking the Lord as to what he wants us to do. We obviously have our normal dy to day responsiblities and yet within that, are special assignments that we need to do as well. Examples.
Not only does God provide the resources you need—but He is a God of relationship, who will bring people into your life at strategic times.
You can trust in God. For your Father is faithful and has a Divine appointment for you!
8. Wells Invite Us to partner with God
It is an incredible thought to think that the Creator of the universe wants to partner with us do do His will and purposes on earth and we need to be at our best to serve him with excellence. This means that we need to again take seriously our commitment as co-partenrs in sharing the good news and being spiritually fit to do the task that God has called us to do.
You can be confident that if God has shown you a “well”, He has set aside every means you need, to access that spring of provision
All the wisdom, strategy and strength you need, is available to us.
God’s covenant promise to His people was that He would bring them into a land that had wells already dug for them, and harvests already planted! (Deut 6:11)