Where then do You get that living water? —John 4:11

Posted: February 27, 2011 in Daily Devotional-Oswald Chambers

“The well is deep”— and even a great deal deeper than the Samaritan woman knew! (John 4:11). Think of the depths of human nature and human life; think of the depth of the “wells” in you. Have you been limiting, or impoverishing, the ministry of Jesus to the point that He is unable to work in your life? Suppose that you have a deep “well” of hurt and trouble inside your heart, and Jesus comes and says to you, “Let not your heart be troubled . . .” (John 14:1). Would your response be to shrug your shoulders and say, “But, Lord, the well is too deep, and even You can’t draw up quietness and comfort out of it.” Actually, that is correct. Jesus doesn’t bring anything up from the wells of human nature— He brings them down from above. We limit the Holy One of Israel by remembering only what we have allowed Him to do for us in the past, and also by saying, “Of course, I cannot expect God to do this particular thing.” The thing that approaches the very limits of His power is the very thing we as disciples of Jesus ought to believe He will do. We impoverish and weaken His ministry in us the moment we forget He is almighty. The impoverishment is in us, not in Him. We will come to Jesus for Him to be our comforter or our sympathizer, but we refrain from approaching Him as our Almighty God.

The reason some of us are such poor examples of Christianity is that we have failed to recognize that Christ is almighty. We have Christian attributes and experiences, but there is no abandonment or surrender to Jesus Christ. When we get into difficult circumstances, we impoverish His ministry by saying, “Of course, He can’t do anything about this.” We struggle to reach the bottom of our own well, trying to get water for ourselves. Beware of sitting back, and saying, “It can’t be done.” You will know it can be done if you will look to Jesus. The well of your incompleteness runs deep, but make the effort to look away from yourself and to look toward Him.

  1. I just caught your show on TBN last night for the first time. Can I tell you that God used your show to truely inspire me. About two years ago I felt I was missing something in my Christians walk. That there was more the knowing Christ than just warming a pew and weekly Bible studies. The Great Commission of Matthew has been the new mantra of my walk with Jesus. Jesus tells us to GO! To reach others for His kingdom! So many believers totally miss this. Satan decieves believers into being comfortable in our salvation. We tend to get so caught up in doing church work that we forget our calling is to do Kingdom work!

    Long story short I have been called into missions. Im not sure where God is leading but I am seeking his will to be done. I been raising my own funding and plan very soon to embark from my comfortable life in order to live out the commission of Christ. Ive made some contacts in Brazil and Costa Rica and am still looking for more. If you have any advice of missionary groups or contacts that might advise in this new chapter of life, it would be appreciated.

    May God bless you on all your adventures and know that he is using you to reach and encourage lost and believers alike in the states as well as abroad. Thank you for your faithfulness to HIM!

    In Christ
    Charlie Parish

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