April 11, 2021

                                                               Deep Wells

     In the Bible, water was essential for life. It was needed for living, crops cattle, sheep, etc.
They used to dig wells to provide water for their families. If a well dried up, then the whole family would have to move away. During a war, people would stop the water from flowing, and make it so the people who lost the war would not return. The Lord uses this concept of wells to show man's need for God. The human soul is like a well. It is dry and thirsty, thus it needs to be filled with water. "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?" Psalm 42:1-2.
     A soul, without God, is like a man in a desert seeking for water, but finding none. " O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water." Psalm 63:1 A person, without God, looks for ways to satisfy his thirsty soul. He will turn to money, lust, fame, entertainment, goverment, health products, sports, religion, etc., and never be satisfied. The nation of Israel tried to satisfy their thirst with other gods. The Bible says, " For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and dug out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water." Jeremiah 2:13 The Law or 10 commandments shows us how deep and dry our souls are. Jesus said, "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." Matthew 5:6 Thats not our righteousness, but a righteousness that comes from God. Its God's righteousness given to us by faith.(Romans 3:24-25).
     In the book of John, Jesus asked a woman to give him a drink from Jacob's well. Obviously, He was talking about physical water. Then Jesus said," If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." John 4:10 There are three things that Jesus mentions. First, the gift of God. Then, who He was. Finally, a mysterious thing called living water. However, before we dive into the explanation, we need to listen to the amazing response from the woman. She said, "Sir, you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?" Verse 11. With this statement, I believe she is talking about our souls. There is nothing inside us that can quench the thirst of God's holy Law. Our wells, (souls), are deep and dry. We have nothing to draw with when it comes to our righteousness. The term draw means to cause to move toward one. If we want to draw near to God, then we can't do it by the Law. The Bible says, "...if there had been a law given which could have given life(eternal), verily righteousness should have been by the Law." Galatians 3:21-22
     So, how did God fill our dry wells. First of all, it was a free gift of salvation purchased at the Cross. Isaiah says, " Ho, every one that thirsts, come to the waters, and he that has no money; come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price." Isaiah 55:1 This verse invites everyone to come to the waters that are free to anyone who thirsts for righteousness and life. Secondly, God supplies His righteousness with His Son. "Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe; for there is no difference." Romans 3:22 Finally, Jesus said to the woman. "But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:14 So, what is the living water. It is the Holy Spirit. The answer is found in John 7:37-39, on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles. It says, " In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, " If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believes on me, as the scripture says, out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water. (By this he meant the Spirit, whom they who believed in him should receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified."
     In conclusion, our souls are like deep wells that only God can fill. He is our life. For those who are thirsty and dry the Bible says, " And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And let him thirsts, come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Revelation 22:17. Amen

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