In 1 Chronicles 11 the story is told of the time when David was in the cave of Adullam, and the Philistine garrison was stationed in Bethlehem. While in that situation of conflict, David longed for a drink of water from the well of Bethlehem. Among the numerous practical insights we can draw from this chapter is David’s longing for water in the midst of battle.
David, the man after God’s own heart, thirsted for the waters of Bethlehem that he might be refreshed for whatever lie ahead. He wasn’t thinking about the enemy. He was thinking about the Lord. Oh how David thirsted for his God. When he was in the wilderness and experiencing those “dry spells”, more than ever his soul longed and thirsted for the Lord.
Saints, we, like David, are hidden in the Rock, and our adversary the devil is roaming around seeking prey. So often we become preoccupied with the battle that we forget about the well of Bethlehem; we forget our Source of living water. The wisest thing to do in any battle is to stretch out our hands to Jesus Christ. We have no business fighting the good fight of faith11 on an empty tank!
Church, the well is available for weary travelers and wounded warriors. We can draw forth those waters for today from the wells of salvation. Jesus told the woman at the well that the fresh water that He offers is inexhaustible, available for the asking. We have not because we ask not.
Are you weary today? Frustrated? Are the Philistines in your Bethlehem? Jesus said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.” God’s supply is above and beyond all that you need. Both the Rock we are hidden in, and the Source of the water of refreshment are Christ. This water is pure and cleansing. Care to join me?