HE SAT on the WELL
BY: RAY PRINZING
“Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water…” (John 4:6-7)
In the ever increasing, intensified dealings of God with His people, we come to this phrase, “Jesus…sat thus on the well.” The word “on” from the Greek word “epi” meaning, “UPON.” This brings us a very beautiful truth for there comes a time when Jesus will simply sit right down on the top of our well. Not at the well location, nor by the well, but upon it, so that you cannot draw out its water but that you go through Him. But, wonderful as this might be, it is not the main reason for His sitting upon our well. The real reason is so that we cannot draw out of that well anymore, but from Him receive that LIVING WATER which springs up from our innermost being.
At her own choosing this woman of Samaria could come and draw water. At her own will, at her own time, she could come to this well and draw out its blessing. But the significant fact of it all is that though she repeatedly came to draw water here, it did not change her life, nor give her lasting satisfaction.
Religiously we have all had our wells, with prescribed methods for drawing out the blessings – we sang and shouted, clapped our hands, took our “Jericho marches,” wept and prayed, worked harder in service for Him, and felt blessed for our efforts. Even though deep within, our spirit continued to cry out for reality. Then comes the day when Jesus comes and sits on our well. It is time for a change – no more our own efforts to draw water, for HE would bring an end even to our “religious works,” that we might fill our water of life in Him alone. Yea, He becomes within us a well of living water that springs up into more abundant life.
He sits on the well till the old is no more,
And in us becomes the new,
The water of life which shall freely flow,
His joy, peace, and love to imbue.