Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” John 4:10 (NKJV)
On Sunday we continued the discussion of wells. Beginning with Jacob’s well, where Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for a drink, and ending with Beersheba, the wells of the Bible ministered to us.
We read John 4:1-10, which culminated in our feature scripture above. It details the story of Jesus as he had to pass through Samaria to get to Galilee. As Jesus rested by Jacob’s well, he encountered a Samaritan woman who had come to draw water. He asked her for a drink, and she responded with surprise because her experience and custom dictated that Jews and Samaritans did not interact. What she didn’t understand in that moment was that Jesus was more than any ordinary Jew. As the representation of God in the flesh, Jesus transcended culture and custom.
[T]hat their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. Colossians 2:2-11 (NKJV)
Jesus cannot be confined to human conventions and limits. We must remember that He is God, and God is Him. True knowledge of Christ means knowledge of His superiority over all man-made philosophy.
Is this it?
When we start to get restless in our situation, despite everything looking perfect on the surface, it is time to dig up our wells and start again. Just as Isaac did in Genesis 26:18-25, we need to go back to what is our source of life and open it up so that we can be replenished. Now, digging the well again will be a process, just like the process Isaac had to go through in verses 20 through 25. First, there will be “quarrels”, like Esek. Then we will encounter “enmity”, like Sitnah. Then our Rehoboth, our “spaciousness” or blessings, will come. That is not the end, though.
Isaac dug a final well at Beersheba, where God had promised to bless him and multiply his descendants. The well at Beersheba represents our covenant with God. It is important to remember that when God begins blessing us, we cannot stop our wells just because we have attained our desires. Once your well has begun to produce life again, you must spread the wealth; have empathy for others.
What does that mean? It means that coming to church isn’t enough. We must check on our brothers and sisters in Christ to make sure they are receiving the blessings of their wells also. In doing so, we must always show compassion. As we dutifully keep our covenant with God, He will be our anchor and will speak to us.
We also must be mindful not to let anything replace God in our lives, because that not only inhibits our performance of our duties under the covenant with God, but it is a form of idolatry.
As you begin to dig your wells anew, ponder on the scriptures and see where you are in your journey. Be reminded that God is always in control and if you just trust in Him, your blessings will be innumerable.
Reminder: the last Sunday of this month will be an open forum message on politics. Mark your calendars now if you have not already done so, and plan to take part in what is sure to be a riveting discussion!