Drawing from the Wells of Salvation

By Mark D. Roberts

May 22, 2017

“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.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

Isaiah 12:2-3


Water bubbling up out of a fountain.For most of my life, wells were something quaint, something found in photos of old ranches, something I didn’t have to think much about. Then my family and I moved to Texas, to a home that lay beyond the water system of our nearest town. The only way we could get water for drinking, cooking, and bathing was from a well on our property. Thankfully, I didn’t have to dig that well, since it went down several hundred feet through hard limestone. I’m glad to say the well was in place when we moved in and it functioned perfectly . . . until one day when it stopped working.

My family and I were out of town on vacation when we received an emergency call from our house sitter. The warning light on our well house was on. I knew that was bad news, so I called the company in town that had originally drilled our well. They came out to investigate. Sure enough, our well was not drawing water. The only solution was to pull up the well pump from deep in the earth and replace it.

Yes, that did cost a pretty penny. But we had no choice. By the time we returned home from vacation, our well was fully functional once again, supplying ample fresh water for our needs. Perhaps for the first time in my privileged life, I felt joyful to have fresh, clean water readily available to me. And, for sure, it was the first time I knew the joy of getting ample water from a well.

The writer of Isaiah 12 knew that feeling. Living in a land where water could be scarce, he knew the gladness of bringing up water from a well. He used this experience to represent the joy we can feel when we receive God’s salvation: “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation” (12:3).

Do you know this joy?

Remember, God’s salvation is not limited to our own personal, previous experience of salvation. We often and understandably focus on the salvation we received through Christ, through whom we were forgiven for our sin and given the gift of eternal life. Yet, this is only part of the salvation God offers. From a biblical point of view, God saves us in countless ways, offering us healing, hope, deliverance, and peace. Moreover, God’s salvation is not just for individuals. As Scripture makes clear, salvation includes reconciliation among divided and hostile peoples (see Ephesians 2, for example). It mends the breaches in relationships that we experience in family, work, church, and culture. In truth, God’s salvation touches much, much more.

So, when we take our first big drink of the water of salvation, we haven’t exhausted God’s supply. Rather, we are invited to continue to “draw water from the wells of salvation,” as God’s grace touches and transforms every part of life. When we do this, we will indeed rejoice!


Do you draw water from the wells of salvation? If so, in what ways? If not, why not?

Where do you need to experience more of God’s salvation in your life?

How is God’s salvation needed in your workplace? Your neighborhood? Your city? Your country?


Gracious God, first of all, thank you for saving us from sin and death. Your sacrifice on our behalf has given us eternal life, and we are deeply grateful.

Yet too often we merely take a sip of your salvation, rather than drinking deeply from your “wells.” I confess that my sins are forgiven in you, but then I live as if I have to make myself right for you. I enjoy the promise of heaven, but forget that your will is to be done on earth right now, even as it is in heaven. I receive your manifold gifts of salvation for myself, but neglect to share them with others. I rejoice in my own salvation, without participating in your saving work in this world. Forgive me, Lord, for failing to drink deeply from the fountain of salvation.

Help me to live each day in the rich blessings of your salvation. Stir in me, so that I might give them away generously to others, even as you have been so generous with me. May I be an instrument of your peace, grace, and love in this world. Amen.


Explore more at the Theology of Work Project online commentaryWells and Water

Mark D. Roberts

Senior Strategist

Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a Senior Strategist for Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership, where he focuses on the spiritual development and thriving of leaders. He is the principal writer of the daily devotional, Life for Leaders,...

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Comments (2)

  1. Jo-Anne Quenneville Dupont

    March 31, 2024

    10:24 am

    Greetings from Canada
    I am studying the wells of Salvation from our Beautiful LORD and found your devotional. May I please share with our church and those I come across for the leading of them to the Saviour? Please and thank you Jo-Anne

    • Meryl Herr

      April 12, 2024

      6:25 am

      We’re glad you enjoyed the devotion. You are welcome to share it.

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