Wells were vital in the ancient Middle East. In order to raise livestock, or even to survive, a constant source of water is needed. Throughout the Bible a well represents life and a source of life. When Jesus meets the woman at the well, He uses the well to speak to her of the life-giving water becomes in the believer a well of living water that provides eternal life. At the Feast of Booths Jesus declares “He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” Similar to the Philistines in Genesis, our walk with Jesus can become hindered by spiritual forces.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His tender mercies never come to an end. However, our mindset and attitude can affect our ability to sense and realize the goodness and joy of The Lord. After a period of time, we can become set in our thinking. Like Isaac in the above passage, intentional effort must be taken to ‘un-stop’ the wells of the Holy Ghost that should be freely flowing in the believer.
In Psalms the writer declares ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” At times, we must instruct ourselves to worship the Lord and to praise and thank Him for all of the things that He has done for us. In several places the Bible says that David “encouraged himself in the Lord.” In Psalms a recurring theme is a deliberate declaration to praise and worship the Lord in every circumstance. Not only during the good or easy times, but always. These are times of ensuring that our well is flowing with the power, grace, and joy of the Holy Spirit. Paul instructs the Philippians to think on those things that are true, honest, just, pure, and lovely and of a good report. We are instructed to think and focus on praise reports and virtuous things. As the hindrances to well of the Holy Spirit are removed, hope and joy are restored, and faith begins to build. Today may you be encouraged in the power of God and may the praises of God flow from your heart unhindered.