Summary: Wells represent life, prosperity and abundance. No wonder numerous biblical characters from Abraham to Isaac, Jacob and Moses -even our Lord Jesus Christ had a story to tell besides a well. What is the significance of wells? What kind of wells do we have
By Bode Ayodele
Wells play a very vital role in the bible.
Many important bible characters located their blessings besides - or had something to do with wells.
Why are wells so important? What are the different kinds of spiritual wells in existence and what roles do they play in our lives today? How do you know the kind of wells in operation in your life? These are a few of the questions we will examine in this message. I pray that the Lord will give you understanding as you read on.
In order to put things in the right perspective we will start by defining a well. One dictionary defines a well as “a spring or natural source of water” Yet another definition refers to a well as a “hole drilled into the earth to obtain water, petroleum, natural gas, brine or sulphur.”
It is also referred to as “a place where water issues from, a spring or fountain.”
As regards the biblical usage of the word it is used in the same sense as pit or spring of water. However, according to Strong’s Bible dictionary, this should be distinguished from "a fountain on the surface of the ground or flowing from a rock."
With the foregoing definitions in mind let us examine wells in the biblical sense and their spiritual significance to Christians today.
A study of the bible will reveal that there are good and bad wells. There are wells of good fortune and wells of bad fortune.
In fact, every source is a well of some sorts. You will discover as you read further that the abundance of whatever you have in life (good or bad) is determined by the type of wells you are drawing from.
Let us proceed by examining some biblical characters and the roles wells played in their lives.
Hagar was given to Abraham by her mistress, Sarah, to bear a child on the latter’s behalf.
When she conceived and put to bed Hagar disrespected her mistress and was sent packing. She left with her son, a loaf of bread and a bottle of water. But an incident occurred - signifying the important role a well could play in ones life. The bible records in Genesis:
(15) And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.
(16) And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.
(17) And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? Fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.
(18) Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.
(19) And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.
God opened Hagar’s eyes to see the well of water. The well saved her life.
The well had been there all along but Hagar did not see it until her eyes were opened by the Lord.
Like Hagar, there could be wells of goodness and opportunity around us but we need the Lord to open our eyes to see them.
Unless our eyes are opened (spiritually in this sense) such wells may go unnoticed leading us to experience unnecessary lack and shame.
I think at this point we should pause to take these prayer points.
*Oh ord, open my eyes to see the wells of blessings around me.
*No well of goodness in my destiny shall go undiscovered in the name of Jesus.
Next let us examine the case of Abraham.
Abraham surely understood the importance of wells. The bible states that Abraham and Abimelech, the King of Gerar, disputed over the ownership of a well.
(25) And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelech’s servants had violently taken away.
Here it is obvious both parties realised the importance of wells.
The well was their source of water. Water is the source of life.
Cattle and agricultural produce in those days were the main source of wealth. Without water the cattle and vegetation would die.
While member of Abraham’s camp laboured and dug up the wells in question, those in Abimelech camp were just waiting to forcefully take the wells away. They wanted to reap where they did not sow.
At this point let us pause to take this prayer point.
Any personality seeking to violently control the wells of my life die and release them in the name of Jesus.