Key Passage: Isaiah 12
Key Text: Isaiah 12:3 – “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”
A well is an incredible phenomenon. I am actually puzzled by wells. I recently dug a well at the back of our house to help with watering the plants and I have had this opportunity again to observe a well and how it works. First you must dig till you hit the water table, then you just start drawing from it. The more you are able to draw from it the more it refills and re-supplies. If you leave it alone for a while, it refills itself, but it never overflows. It just stays slightly below the surface of the ground. I always think, why does it never over flow, but once you take out of it, it immediately replenishes itself! What a phenomenon.
This is how the grace of God works. The more you can empty yourself, the more you can draw on the wells of salvation. Actually, before you can draw from this well, you have to get to rock bottom. You have to get to the place where you realise you cannot save yourself and you desperately need a saviour. Then you abandon yourself in the hands of Jesus Christ, and then His grace begins to flow into your life. This is how you dig a well and this how you get saved.
God cannot release His grace to those who are full of themselves. He resists the proud, but if you are empty and desperate, then you are a great candidate for the grace of God. Those of us that are saved need to constantly empty ourselves so the grace of God can fill us. People sometimes say, we should never minister from an empty vessel. I think I understand what they mean, but I have to say in my experience, it is at those times when I am so empty that God does His greatest work through me. When we are weak, then we are strong. Because His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
Like water grace always flows to the lowest places. So if your really want to see grace in action, go to the lowly of heart. Go to the humble. Go to those who are supposedly nothing and you will observe great grace in action.
There is a story in 2 Kings chapter 4, about a widow who was in debt and the creditors were going to come and take her children away. Elisha told her to get the jar of oil in her house and go and find empty jars and fill them. In this miracle as long as there were empty jars, the oil never stopped flowing. The oil stopped when there were no more empty jars. This was a great miracle of provision, but it is also a great illustration of grace through the Holy Spirit. As long as you can present yourself as an empty vessel, the Holy Spirit, who is the eternal God, who can never run dry will continue to fill you.
The text today says with joy, you will draw water from the wells of salvation. Why joy? My guess is that those who are humble and those who know their God, will always approach Him with eager anticipation and joyful excitement, knowing that He is the never-ending source of all good and perfect gifts. There fore, whenever we approach the King of grace, we know that His disposition towards us is that of Yes and Amen.
Let’s daily empty ourselves, so we can daily draw water from the wells of salvation.
Let’s Pray: Father God we thank you for your never-ending supply of Grace. We thank you for the understanding that as long as we are empty, you will fill us. Today, we declare that we need you and are hungry for you. We need you, every second, every minute and every hour of every day. We cannot live without you. Please fill us with Your grace, in Jesus name we pray. Amen.