Gen.26:18,19 – And Isaac dug again the wells of water that had been dug in the days of Abraham his father, which the Philistines had stopped after the death of Abraham. And he gave them the names that his father had given them. But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of spring water,
I was caught by surprise by the suddenness and intensity of the visitation of the Holy Spirit at our church in 1994. I had no idea of the long range ramifications that would soon set in. For me personally, I saw the shallowness of my understanding of God’s Word and I was launched into a quest of searching the history of revival and the theology that would sustain it. I entered into a season of digging deep. Like Isaac, I began to re-dig the wells of my forefathers. For Isaac, he was digging again the wells that Abraham had dug, for me it was the wells of Jonathan Edwards, Martin Luther, and our Protestant forerunners. As I labored for years learning about digging I experienced a great reward. The clear waters of renewal and reformation began and continue to flow in my life. The digging was well worth it. Here is a quote from COURTS OF PRAISE – FOURSQUARE GOSPEL CHURCH in Canada. Obviously someone else has been digging wells.
“The Philistines plugged the wells with rocks, old wood, dead carcasses and garbage to ruin the well for future use. Isaac and his men would have to remove all the garbage etc to make the well fresh once again. Once the well was cleared the water would start flowing again, the well would become clean once again and be useful for drinking and watering the flocks and land. As we begin to consider “re-digging the wells of revival” there must be a sincere place within our hearts that is committed to getting rid of things that have caused the wells to become plugged in the first place. In a spiritual sense, we too can reopen the spiritual wells of our forefathers, the revivals of old but it takes hard work. The enemy has plugged the wells of revival with compromise, sinful habits, worldly thinking and religious activities. This junk must be removed; Independence, Discouragement, Heart break, if we are to ever experience springs of living Holy Spirit water.”
So maybe you have some wells in your life that the Philistines have clogged up. Its time to get to work. Unstop those wells that the waters of renewal can flow in and through you once again.