“With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation”- Isaiah 12:3
I discovered this verse a few weeks ago and haven’t been able to get it out of my head since. It’s a short verse, but the impact of it has kept me coming back to it over and over again.
“With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”
Wells were extremely important during biblical times, as wells were pretty much the only source of clean water. Women would travel, sometimes miles away, to these wells every day to retrieve enough water for their family. And because rain was so scarce, the wells were even more of a necessity.
If a city was under attack, the enemy would often destroy their wells, thus cutting off their water supply and weakening them significantly.
They were extremely important because basically, these wells were their source of life.
Then we get to Isaiah, where we are told that we will draw water from the wells of salvation. Not just any man-made well that can be destroyed by our enemies. This is an everlasting, never ending, always full well. A well made by God and open to anyone who thirsts for something more.
Now obviously I’m not talking about a literal, physical well full of salvation. But I love the comparison in this verse. God’s salvation, unlike a man-made well, is abounding in an endless supply of grace and mercy for us to receive. Now that is a beautiful picture.
Sometimes it’s hard for us to fathom this kind of love and mercy. We live in a world where things have to be earned. You have to work hard to succeed, and there never seems to be an endless supply of anything.
Money runs out, youth passes away, beauty fades.
“The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our Lord stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8
Eventually, it all goes away.
But one thing that never fades is God. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is filled to the brim with mercy and love that He freely gives to anyone who asks.
I think the most amazing part of God’s salvation is that it’s not a one chance kind of deal. God isn’t sitting up in heaven checking off how many times we sin, waiting to snatch away our salvation if we go one step too far.
We will never lower our buckets into His well only to see them come up empty. He will always be overflowing with love and mercy, grace and forgiveness we could never earn or deserve.
His faithfulness is not dependent on ours.
Even if we have done nothing but push Him away, He is always there, waiting patiently to refill us with His love. No matter how hard we try, we can’t secure our spot in heaven because it has already been reserved for us.
Not from anything we did, but from everything that He did.
So be encouraged, friends. We serve a God who welcomes us to joyfully draw water from His overflowing well of salvation. And His well will never, ever run dry.
“I will plant her for myself in the land; I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one.’ I will say to those called ‘Not my people,’ ‘You are my people’; and they will say, ‘You are my God.'” –Hosea 2:23