Don’t Rely on the Flood. Dig a Well.

Sometimes God FLOODS you with a sense of his presence.

In a moment, out of nowhere, like a wind you didn’t see coming, the Holy Spirit blows his presence powerfully into your senses (John 3:8).

When this happens, you experience overwhelming joy, gratitude to God, a sense of self-forgetfulness, and clarity as to what really matters.

But most of life is not a flood of God’s presence. In fact, much of the time God doesn’t feel particularly close at all.

This is why you need to dig a WELL.

The Flood and the Well

The well is where you go for promises that sustain you.
The well is where you go to remind yourself of what is true, even when you don’t feel it.
The well is where you draw strength to fight temptation when sin seems so wickedly enticing.
The well is how you live by faith, not by sight.

Dig a well of living water filled with past experiences of grace and promises of future grace.
Fill it with stories of God’s faithfulness to his people.
Fill it with friends who remind you of what’s true.
Fill it with all the glorious realities of the gospel.

Question:

What other things do you need in your well?

[NOTE: I’m indebted to Kristie Braselton for this illustration. She shared it related to songwriting, saying that some songs she writes come out of the flood of God’s present work in her life while others come from the well of experience and knowledge she has. It’s a brilliant analogy, one that likely has far reaching application.]

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Luke Simmons

I was born and raised in Denver, CO and lived there through high school. Then I moved to Champaign, IL where I attended the University of Illinois and played on the Fighting Illini baseball team. I was married in December, 2001 to Molly, who I met at the U of I. In June of 2002, we moved to Phoenix and have been here ever since. In July of 2006, we welcomed a baby girl, Abby, into our family.

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