From the Pastor’s Pen …
The mouth of the righteous is a well of life,
But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
~ Proverbs 10:11 (NKJV)
According to a report issued by the British Broadcasting Corporation, the oil drilling rig known as Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20, 2010, killing 11 workers. As a result of that explosion, America’s worst environmental disaster began to transpire. It is estimated that an amazing 40,000 plus barrels of oil a day pours into the environment. Of course, multiple efforts were made by the oil company, British Petroleum (BP), to stop the nastiness from pouring out of the oil well to unwanted areas. Some of their attempts were successful and others not so successful. Regardless of their cleanup efforts, the damage was irreversible.
When Jesus conversed with a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well, he also spoke of a well (John 4), not an oil well or even a water well, but of a living well. This living well would be capable of producing something much more valuable and refreshing than an oil well or water well. It would produce everlasting life (John 4:14).
A correlation can exist between the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and the well that exists in people who are filled with the Holy Spirit. This well is available to people who are thirsty for more than religion or tradition. The contents of this spiritual well tends to gush up and out, springing into the open to all around, bubbling up regardless of the situation, and providing a different up-look when the outlook is not pleasant.
What is it? It is God’s Spirit living inside his child, which is initially evidenced by an unknown language (Acts 2:4). God will fill your mouth with words if you open it in faith (Psalm 81:10).
To those who have experienced this glorious way, I encourage you not to cap that spiritual well. As a commentary states, “sometimes God permits our vessel to be jarred so that some of the treasure will spill out and enrich others.” Keep allowing the Spirit of God to spill out of you onto others. It is all in His plan. Don’t cap the well! Others need what you’ve got!