All Is Well When You Draw From The Well
Isaiah 12:2 & 3 NIV
2 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord Himself, is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation.
3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
I love the certainty in these words from Isaiah, “Surely God is my salvation.” Not just maybe. Not only when I feel it or understand it. But “surely”.
It is even more amazing to know that Isaiah spoke these words during a time when part of Israel was in captivity by Assyria and the rest of the nation was in the midst of great idolatry and evil. Isaiah was the prophet called by God to lead the people back to faith and to find strength and comfort in the Lord.
Today, whatever crisis and difficulty you and I may be facing, God wants to lead us back to that place of faith where we will each declare to our situation, “Surely God is my salvation.”
While I totally understand and believe “surely God is my salvation”, as Isaiah says in the opening of Isaiah 12:2, I begin to be a little puzzled at why the verse ends with “He has become my salvation.”
God begins to take me to imagine this scenario. I am caught in a strong current right in the middle of the sea, and do not have the strength to swim to the shore. Someone sees me drowning and throws me a life buoy. The life buoy is my life-saver. It can save me from drowning. However, I am not saved until I grab hold of the life buoy and let it become my life-saving device.
There is no doubt that God is our salvation. When Jesus came to die for our sins, He has brought us from condemnation to forgiveness, from sin to wholeness and from bondage to freedom. When Jesus rose from the grave, He has given us power and victory. This means that we have been given a complete and abundant life on earth, and everlasting life in heaven. But God does not become our Salvation, our Healer and our Peace until we take hold of His works and promises by faith.
Between “Surely God is my salvation” and “He has become my salvation, Isaiah writes, “I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord Himself, is my strength and my defense”.
When we wholly trust God and allow our faith in Him to drive out our fear, He becomes our salvation. When we are drowning in our own weakness and look to God Himself as our Tower of strength and defense, He becomes our salvation. You see, God is our salvation but until we surrender our situation over to Him, He has not yet become our salvation and deliverance in that situation.
When we live with this knowledge and faith that only God is Sovereign and, only and surely He is our salvation, we will be filled with joy and security because in Him, we are going to be well supplied and well equipped for every situation in our life. Then, “with joy you will draw from the wells of salvation” as Isaiah 12:3 tells us.
The word translated as ‘salvation’ here has the meaning of deliverance, help, health, welfare, as well as that of being saved. The Hebrew word is Yeshua – the same root word as the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus! In Jesus, we have wells of salvation to draw from. This not only promises we are saved for eternity, but also provides us the source of life, health, deliverance and help for us in our life on earth.
No wonder we should approach these wells with joy. These wells of salvation, they never run dry. They are inexhaustible. Is there a drought in an area of your life? Does your spirit need a little refreshing? Go to Jesus, draw and drink deeply from the living waters.
Look around us, and we will find many people running on empty, needing some re-fueling. God wants you and me to reach out to them, and bring them to the wells of salvation. Not only should we share with them God is their salvation, we must lead and invite them to cross the line, put their faith in Jesus so that Jesus becomes their salvation. It is the will of the Father that you and I be winning souls for His Kingdom.
Let us pray.
“Dear God, surely You are my Salvation. I put my hope and trust in You and therefore will not be afraid. I am filled with joy no matter what my circumstances and feeling may be because I know I have all I that I need when I draw from Your wells of Salvation. Father, help me to show those around me who are living in fear and insecurity that trusting in You is what brings strength and salvation. Use me to take them to Your well, and Holy Spirit, empower me to lead them to place their faith in Jesus that He may become their salvation. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”