We have had occasion to prove the truth of Romans 8:28 again last week, and we are so thankful for Father’s intervention in the daily problems of life.
We live on a rural property next door to our daughter and her family. We share the water from a single well which we understand is about 34 years old and, as far as we are aware, still operates with the original pump. We have wondered how much longer we could depend on it.
Well, on Wednesday last week, we suddenly found ourselves without water. Had the old pump worn out? Or had the water supply run out?! We didn’t know. But we did know that “all things work together for good to them who love God…” – even failed wells! We began to pray for the right solution. And our prayers were generously answered, leaving us overflowing with thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving #1: The man we called came the same afternoon, and we were amazed to discover that he was the same one who had actually drilled the well and knew its history. He determined that the pump had indeed failed and needed replacing.
Thanksgiving #2: We were so thankful that, if it had to happen, it happened while the weather was good and not -20°C with a foot of snow on the ground.
Thanksgiving #3: The crew could not return to continue the work until Friday, and the prospect of eight people and five horses without water for at least three days was a little disconcerting. However, when Thursday turned out to be an extremely windy and cold day, we were glad they did not have to work in it.
Thanksgiving #4: The neighbors planned to be away for several days, and they very generously offered to supply us with whatever was needed from their outside tap.
Thanksgiving #5: In trying to pull the old piping out of the well, it broke, causing a very serious and challenging situation. The wire connecting the pump also broke, and they thought they might have to leave it there and install the new pump above it. However, they miraculously succeeded in getting everything out, and even expressed the awareness that Someone Above was helping them..
Thanksgiving #6: There had been concern that the well casing was in poor shape and disintegrating, in which case a whole new well would likely have to be drilled! But it was found to be still satisfactory due to the softness of the water.
Thanksgiving #7: By mid-afternoon Friday the work was completed satisfactorily, with assurance of an excellent supply of good water and a high quality dependable pump.
The whole ordeal caused my thoughts to turn to Scripture references about wells and water. We rejoiced with Isaiah in his declaration, “Behold, God is my Salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid, for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the wells of salvation. And in that day shall you say, Praise the LORD…” (Isaiah 12:2-6)
Isaiah was no doubt foretelling the coming of Jesus Who, at one point, stood in the Temple and cried, saying, “‘If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.’ This He spoke of the Spirit which they who believe on Him should receive” when the Holy Spirit would be poured out on the Day of Pentecost after Jesus was glorified. (John 7:37-39)
This was the water to which Jesus was referring when he offered it to the Samaritan woman at the well in Sychar. Of course, anyone drinking from that well would be thirsty again, but Jesus assured her that“whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst, but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14)
Jesus extends the invitation again at the end of the Revelation given to John on Patmos: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is thirsty of the Fountain of the Water of Life freely. He that overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he shall be my son…” “…And the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ And let him that hears say, ‘Come’ And let him that is thirsty come. And whoever will, let him take the Water of Life freely.” (Rev. 21:6,7; 22:17)
As essential as natural water is for our physical well-being, so the “Water of Life” is absolutely essential for our spiritual well-being. Jeremiah lamented the fact that God’s people had forsaken Him, the Fountain of Living Waters, and had dug out cisterns, broken cisterns, that could hold no water. (Jer. 2:13)
We are so blest to have the privilege of knowing and experiencing that Fountain of Living Waters, and the Divine Eternal Life which He imparts.
I thirsted in the barren land of sin and shame,
And nothing satisfying there I found;
But to the blessed cross of Christ one day I came,
Where springs of living water did abound.
How sweet the living water from the hills of God,
It makes me glad and happy all the way;
Now glory, grace and blessing mark the path I’ve trod;
I’m shouting “Hallelujah” ev’ry day.
O, sinner, won’t you come today to Calvary?
A fountain there is flowing deep and wide;
The Savior now invites you to the water free,
Where thirsting spirits can be satisfied.
Drinking at the springs of living water,
Happy now am I, my soul they satisfy;
Drinking at the springs of living water,
O, wonderful and bountiful supply.
John W. Peterson
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“Now the God of all HOPE fill you with all JOY and PEACE in the believing,
that you may abound in HOPE
through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
In Agape, Eulene