January 9 – Today’s Readings – Genesis 25-27 – Psalms 9
Genesis 26:18 reads, “Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them.”
These wells of Isaac and Abraham grabbed my attention during this reading. “Wells” most often signified “blessing” when mentioned in Scripture, whether it was the wells of the patriarchs – or the Well of Living Water [our Lord Jesus] – or the wells of praise – we recognize the blessing of God symbolized in pure water.
Do you remember the trials in the wilderness when Moses spoke to the rock or struck it and pure water gushed out of that rock? – “I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.’ So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel.” [Exodus 17:6]
How about the 3 kings and their armies who were dying of thirst when Elisha came to them and said: “Make this valley full of ditches. For this is what the Lord says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water” (2 Kings 3:16&17) Sure enough – God provided a flood of blessing and victory for King Jehoshaphat.
When we dig “spiritual wells” in our lives – like worship, prayer, Bible reading and a thankful attitude – those things tend to get “stopped up” by the enemy of our souls. How does it happen? Well, we are enticed to replace spiritual habits and disciplines with other habits that do not build us up spiritually. Like Isaac, when we find some of our “living water” wells plugged up we must re-dig even if it takes a great effort. Once the water starts to flow – it’s like priming an old fashioned pump – you will find the effort has been well worth it.
“On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’ By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.” [John 7:37-39]
It’s so simple really – we receive the Holy Spirit and life begins to flow from us to others. We become a source of refreshing and life to those who listen to us and those who associate with us. Our places of employment are blessed – people feel Jesus when they are near us. Do you see why it is so important to heed the teaching of Paul? – “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” [Galatians 5:25]
We were given the very well-spring of God when we received the Holy Spirit – our only mission in life is to keep in step with that same Holy Spirit.
1. Jesus gives us “streams of living water” flowing from within us – of what purpose is this water?
2. If your spiritual well has gone dry or been “stopped up”, what can you do about it?