Isaiah 12:3 With joy you will draw water
from the wells of salvation.
This verse was first brought to my attention by Andrae Crouch, quoted in the process of a music/worship recording, and it has stuck in my mind and heart ever since. To me it brings to mind Jesus’ famous words, spoken in a loud voice at a festival in Jerusalem: “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:37-38) John specifies that He was talking about the Holy Spirit, whereas Isaiah is speaking of salvation. English Bibles generally say “wells of salvation,” but the Japanese says “springs.” People in the Middle East are very aware that water is necessary for life, because it isn’t always easy to come by. Jesus famously told a Samaritan woman that He could provide living water, (John 4:10) and Revelation has a marvelously comforting statement. “For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:17) One phrase in this verse from Isaiah strikes me just now, and that is the verb, “will draw.” What that speaks to me is that there is volition involved; we choose to receive the water. I often tell people that God provided salvation for all mankind through the cross of Jesus Christ, but we have to choose to repent and believe in order to receive that salvation; God doesn’t force it on us. I personally feel this doesn’t just apply to the initial experience of salvation, but to the whole of Christian life. God always has more blessings for us, but we generally have to choose to receive them for them to be operative in our lives. Sometimes we fail to receive because in our ignorance we want something else, and sometimes we fail to receive because we think we “aren’t worthy,” or something of the sort. Pure faith accepts God’s valuation of things, both of us and of our circumstances, and so rejoices to receive all that God provides.
I certainly see this principle in action all the time, both in myself and in those around me. Sometimes I grieve at those who won’t receive, for whatever reason, and I know that God grieves even more, but I am guilty of the same thing at times. As a little child, I need to receive what my Father has for me, responding to Him in grateful obedience. He has poured out more blessings on me than I could possibly count, and I need to trust that He will continue to do so, in the way that is absolutely best for me.
Father, thank You for Your truly amazing grace. Help me not reject it in any way, but receive and transmit it as You intend, giving You the thanks, praise, and glory that are due You so that many more will be drawn to Your salvation as well. Thank You. Hallelujah!