Today I spent a little time studying the book of Isaiah (yeah, I know, no one can understand what he says but I still like to try). My focus was in chapter 12 and I was most impressed with verse 6:
Therefore, with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. (Isa. 12:6)
My first thoughts were of the great power water has in our physical lives. Without it, we cannot live very long – most people think about three days is the max. But it is also the source of life for all that keeps us alive. Animals, like us, need water to survive. Plants cannot produce fruit or regenerate themselves if they are deprived of water. So it appears that, for whatever reason, the world revolves around water and its essence.
|Water was essential to the survival of Jesus' people.|
I believe that is the message Isaiah is trying to convey as he speaks of the “wells of salvation.” Without the Savior, we cannot survive in this life. His essence, power, strength and love are the source of all goodness and growth in mortality. When our buckets are drawn from His well, we will be filled with the joy of eternal life. He is the “Well of Living Water.” If there is no Savior, there is no happiness in this life or in the eternal worlds beyond.
As the world becomes more secular and selfish in its desires, the Water becomes less important to many. Like the water that sustains our physical/mortal lives, if we choose to abstain from the “Living Water” we will notice degradation in our existence. Eventually, after thirsting for too long, our souls will wither and die. The sickness that precedes that death is what we are witnessing in today’s world.
The only source of life is in Christ and his Water. Isaiah was right – as we follow Jesus and His prophets we find that “with joy shall [we] draw water out of the wells of salvation.”