Summary: When we are weary and worn-out, there is a well of living waters from which we can draw from to restore our strength.
When The Well Runs Dry
More than twenty years ago a young man entered college. It wasn't just any
college - it was one of the most sterling examples of Christian education in
the nation, Wheaton College in Chicago, Illinois. The young man was deeply
in love with God and he wanted his life to matter for the Kingdom of God.
He became well versed in God's Word, excited about sharing all that he was
learning, and overwhelmed by what God was doing in his life and the lives of
others. The young man was so gripped by God that he decided to go to
seminary and further his Christian education preparing for the ministry.
The young man enrolled in seminary in Enid, Oklahoma and began his
theological studies. He and another young seminary student named Larry
Jones, who now heads up the Feed the Children ministry here in Oklahoma
City, were convinced that all people needed to hear the Word of God. They
truly believed that people needed Jesus more than anything in life.
Phillips Theological School was known as a more liberal seminary and the two
men became known as the "God Squad" because of their evangelical outlook on
life. They would teach Bible studies to undergraduate students, hold
weekend revivals in little towns around Enid, and pray continuously for an
outpouring of God's power and salvation upon the lives of people.
The young man finished his first three years of seminary and was preparing
for his final year before entering the ministry full-time. When his last
year of seminary began to unfold the young man encountered some difficulties
in his life that slowly took their toll upon his faith. The well of the
man's soul began to dry up until finally he lost his faith. He walked away
from his aspirations of being in ministry all together.
With the loss of his faith he began to try and do other things that
possibly could bring meaning and purpose to his life. He created a social
service agency that produced great results in meeting the needs of those who
were hurting in his community, but after years of this kind of work he still
felt empty. The well was dry. Eventually the man found himself sitting in
his living room floor all alone, wondering why he was even alive?
It was at that point that the man cried out to the God that he had tried to
not believe in, but whom he knew he desperately needed. The man said, "God,
I've tried not to believe in You, but if You are there I desperately need
You." Suddenly, the living room was flooded by the presence of Jesus in a
way that the man had never experienced before. He began to weep tears of
joy and his soul was flooded by the living waters of the Savior. The once
dried up well of the man's soul was now overflowing with the presence of the
The man that I have been telling you about is not some fictional character
concocted in the mind of a preacher. Over the past two months I have come
to know John Mayfield as a wonderful man of faith, a man who has experienced
the dryness of the desert, but who is now experiencing the presence of our
Savior in a very real and powerful way.
I do not think that John's story is that much different than ours. Oh,
maybe you haven't walked away from your faith, maybe you haven't lost your
faith, but each of us has experienced those desert times when our soul is
dry and our eyes are wet with the tears of sorrow and emptiness.
What do you do when you find yourself dragging yourself through the desert?
Is there any hope of having your soul restored? Is there any hope of
experiencing living waters nurturing you and invigorating every fiber of
your being? Maybe you've come here today and you are in a desert right now.
You don't even know why you are here. You are uncertain if God even exists,
and even if He does, then why does He seem so distant, so removed?
I've got Good News for you today if you find that your well has run dry.
There is hope for you as I know from experience that God can bring forth
streams in the desert that will cause new life to begin to form in our
hearts and soul.
Before we try and understand how we can experience living waters flowing
into our dry and dusty souls, I want us to understand some of the reasons
why our well runs dry. There are many reasons that precipitate the dryness
that we sometimes experience, and I can't give you an exhaustive list, but