Old Wells in New Generations

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“You will become your parents” is a common statement that may sound familiar. Have you ever caught yourself doing something the exact same way you saw it done growing up? There is absolutely no wrong in becoming our parents. However, if we do or don’t is determined by our own perception through life. 

Two brothers, raised together in the same troubled and broken home were exposed to abuse and alcoholism by their father their entire life. As the years passed, they each took a different position on life making very distinct decisions. 

One day, one of them was approached as he stumbled struggling to stand and was asked; “Why do you live your life like this and why do you drink so much?” His answer was very blunt. “I drink because my father was an alcoholic. That is all I saw growing up and that is all I know. That is all he was so that is all I’ll ever be.” 

The other brother was later asked a similar question after he kindly declined a drink offer. “How come you don’t drink?” As he paused for a moment regretting being asked the question, he smiled and kindly responded. “I don’t drink because my father was an alcoholic. That is all I saw growing up and that was all I knew. That is all he was so, I don’t want to ever be like him.” 

In ancient Bible times during the days of Abraham, water wells were of value and were handed down through inheritance. Genesis 26 mentions these wells and the trouble Isaac went through to reopen them and keep them. 

And Isaac dug again the wells of water which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham. He called them by the names which his father had called them.

Genesis 26:18

Prior to this, verse 15 tells us that the Philippines stopped up the wells after Abraham died. Meaning, that while he was alive the wells were protected. The enemies waited until he was no longer alive to stop the source of life. They eliminated the access to water. Until Isaac dug again the wells. Then he renamed them again the way his father had originally named them. 

Think about this. Has something or someone stopped up the water well in your life? Has the source of life been ceased up? It’s time to dig a new well. It’s time to consider reopening the well’s of prayer in our life and the wells of consecration and of relationship with God. 

Water wells typically have to be dug deep enough to access clean fresh water. Any well that is not deep enough will only draw dirty contaminated water. If you are digging the wells again, dig them deep and protect them from getting stopped up again. 

Our wells of prayer and relationship with God are our source of life both spiritually and for practical application. The source of peace, eternal life and access to God’s Kingdom are a greater inheritance than anything money can buy. 

If you were not fortunate enough to have a well to reopen, dig a fresh new well. If you have never approached God in prayer and established a personal relationship, start today and dig a new well. You then can provide a source of life greater than any temporary thing on earth. 

Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.

John 4:13-14

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