“Spring up, O well!
Yes, sing its praises!”
In Numbers 21, the Israelites had been traveling through the wilderness. They were thirsty. God sprung a well among them and they praised Him for it. Sometimes we are in the “wilderness” in our own lives. We feel lost and unfilled. We feel dry and disconnected from the move of God and unsure of His plans. All Christians go through these wilderness experiences.
He can spring up a well in your life, just as he did with the Israelites. If you truly feel like you are in that wilderness place, sing the song that the Israelites sang: “Spring up, oh well.” He gives us a promise in Isaiah 43:19:
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
If you read the verses in Numbers that proceed 17 and 18, you will see that the Israelites complained A LOT. Honestly, you can see throughout the majority of the Old Testament that the Israelites complained all the time. In your own life, how often are you complaining rather than praising.
God punished them for their complaining. In Numbers 4-6, they complained that He had brought them into the wilderness to die. They had forgotten the great miracle God had done for them when He saved them from their bondage in Egypt. They were extremely ungrateful. So, God disciplined them and sent poisonous snakes into their camp.
Even so, when they gathered for Him in praise, He provided water for them and they were able to leave the wilderness. Even in your disobedience, and even in your complaining, He can spring up a new love and a new fire in your life.
Look at the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. She was not perfect. She had made many mistakes in her life, but Jesus still sprung a well in her. John 4:13-14 says:
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
God wants you to long for a relationship with Him. That’s why He gave us free will. He doesn’t want to force anything. He wants to develop something that is personal and intimate. James 4:8 says:
Come near to God and he will come near to you.
Just press into Him and He will spring up a well in you.