Well or Spring?

My favourite recollection of working on farms as a kid, was going to the well. Every farm had a well--with a hand pump. You would pump the handle of the well--and fresh well water would come spewing out of the pump. You would drink and drink. Then take turns pumping the handle while your buddy puts his head under the spout.  It was so refreshing.  But, then--back to work--and the heat.

Jesus makes an interesting comment to the woman at the well in John 4.  In verse 13 and 14 Jesus says:“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

This is how I read this:

1.  The well--becomes a spring.
2.  Eternal life--God's presence--the Holy Spirit--the abundant life of the believer--eternal righteousness, peace and joy---etc...

  • are initially like a trip to a well--as in an event
  • but are more like a spring--because a spring represent process

"LORD these are gifts you are giving me over and over.
These are not a deposit that are endless...it is a —staying connected to the spring.
It is not a drink at the well--as a one time drink.

It is a living by the streams of Life.  Lord I want to live by the stream--24/7 drinking in of YOU."

Now more:

This drinking is a gift received through faith.  All that the water of Life represents (salvation, deliverance, healing, presence, intimacy, righteousness, holiness, peace, etc) are gifts that come in the water.  They are not earned.  They are gifts received through the faith of drinking at the streams of living water!   


  1. Why not write a book about this topic.For today’s economic fluctuation and lack of opportunities, it really will be a very good topic. Thanks anyway. All the best.
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