I See A Well
Genesis 21:14-31 (Text – Vs. 19)
Wells play a very vital and important role in the bible.
Wells represent life, prosperity and abundance.
It is No wonder numerous biblical characters from Abraham to Isaac, Jacob and Moses -even our Lord Jesus Christ had a story to tell besides a well.
It was Jesus who stood at Jacob’s well in John 4 that He said this about wells… “But whosoever drinketh 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
To which the woman replied, “Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.” John 4:15 (See Genesis 33:19&20)
Many of these bible characters located their blessings at, beside or had something to do with wells.
The significance of wells is that it represents provision and life.
A physical well can provide drink—and therefore life—to you and those around you. When we determine in our heart today that we are going to dig a well, it is not just about ourselves, but for many that are around us.
In Genesis 26:25 it was said of Isaac that he…
- Built an altar
- Pitched his tent, and
- Dug a well.
He knew the impact of at least 3 things…
- His God
- His Dwelling
- His Well
Isaiah 12:2-3 says:
2 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.
3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
Ps. 84:4-6 declares:
4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.
5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.
6 Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.
I want you to notice something with me this morning… Three times in this chapter a well is mentioned (vv.19,25,30)
Would you like to see God move in an area of…?
- your life
- your family,
- a relationship,
- a locality
- your church or ministry…
and fill it with His Presence?
Dig a well.
To do that this morning I want to share with you three wells in this chapter and give you five things you must do to dig your well!
Well # 1 is…
I. A Well Furnished! (v.19)
- When you have been cast out, it is good to see a well (v.14).
- When you have been caught empty, it is good to see a well (v.15).
- When you have been a child hurting, it is good to see a well (v.16-17).
This morning the Lord wants to furnish you a well with life sustaining water… Look at Luke 6 with me if you will. This is the sermon on the mount which is also found in Matthew 5, 6 &7.
In Vs. 20-23, Christ points to us being blessed eternally when those around us are blessed physically…
In Vs. 24-26, Jesus pronounces woes unto the rich, the full and those that are well spoken of…
In Vs. 27-36 it is our Lord who speaks directly to us about loving our enemies…
And in Vs. 37-42 Jesus tells us to put into practice all that we have learned by not judging others and in so doing look what will happen in Vs. 38, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”
Oh, this morning God want to provide you with a furnished well of life giving water when you feel like you have been…
- Cast out
- Caught empty
- And you as His child is hurting…
Know that God will be right there to furnish you with a well…
The second WELL I see in Genesis 21 is…
II. A Well Fought For (v.25)
A well of water was life sustaining.
- It was water for the flocks.
- It was water for the fields.
- It was water for the family.
- It was water for the future.
Abraham fought for his right to have this water because he dug this well with his own hands… Sometimes we need to stand and fight for our…
- Our rights…
This morning I want to tell you what I see in our churches and in the ways of the Christian… REBELLION!
The same rebellion I see in the Children of Israel in the Old Testament I see in Christians every well. They do not want to follow God’s plan or God’s man. They want to follow their own devices and their own paths and refuse to let God or his man lead them.
This morning as I stand here I see people everywhere who really know nothing about the Bible yet they think they know more than God’s man and yes even God Himself…
This morning I can say I see many people who fight against God’s plan so they can have the world and then try to fool God into thinking they are fighting for a well when in reality they are fighting to give up the well for a stagnate cesspool called this world!
Well # 3 is…
III. A Well Finished (v.30)
Look at Vs. 30 with me… “That I have digged this well” means:
- It was now finished
- It is now flowing
Abraham was willing to stand up for what was rightfully his… Today Christians are letting people take their rights and won’t stand up for what we believe… We are so caught up in the world that we will refuse to make a difference.
I want to tell you that we will speak with our bank account when it comes to the church and the world. Our bank account tells the Lord and you if you just give thought to it what you love the most.
We will boycott the church that stands for the truth but we dare not boycott companies that push their agenda which is opposite of what you say you believe.
In 2 Samuel 23:15 David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which [is] by the gate!
When David received the water, he would not drink because even though he longed for it he could not go back because he knew he had to stand with others that were standing…
This morning I want to quickly give you 5 things you need to do to dig your well.
How To Dig A Well
Like Isaac did, we can dig a well and make room for God to move wherever we find ourselves. Here are 5 ways that we can ‘dig a well’ for spiritual breakthrough:
1. Choose Your Ground
Ask the Lord to show you where He would have you concentrate your prayers and efforts for breakthrough at this time. It could be one area or many.
It could be…
- your home and family
- your church or ministry
- your community
- a relationship
- or someone you would like to see come to Jesus.
2. Prepare for the Work Ahead
This is where we resolve that we want God to move.
Now is the time to reflect.
We are not satisfied with living by our own strength, neither are we content with the results that we have seen up until now.
We long for God to get the glory in our household, church, and place of study or work, and we will not settle for less than Jesus’ best.
Ask the Spirit to fill you and stir up in you the inner resource of resolve that you need to start digging and to keep going until breakthrough happens and His life, power and provision is released.
3. Break Ground and Start Digging
It’s time to break ground–to begin somewhere, no matter how small our efforts may seem at first.
We must dig deep to locate water. We dig primarily by praying, and we pray because God is our Source. He is the Living Water. We are totally reliant upon Him.
We start with prayer, but we do not stop at prayer. We also dig by listening to what the Lord is saying for our situation and obeying Him. We dig by speaking life-giving words.
4. Persevere–Keep On Digging and don’t Stop
The ground may be hard, others may give up, but we must stay and persevere. This choice will confront us again and again.
Recently I have been meditating on this. I have resolved to, when I encounter dry ground, not to give up and move on, but to dig a well in the place God has called me.
5. Focus on the Water Under The Dirt, not the Dirt Around You
When digging a well, there is a lot of dirt to encounter before we reach the water. We can easily be tempted to pay attention to the things that are wrong or less than perfect in our situation, church or relationships.
Don’t focus on the dirt to be removed, focus on the water that to be received.
Keep your eyes on the prize.
Remember, nothing is too difficult for God, and if He has given you a vision, it will be fulfilled.