I believe every person naturally thirsts for life and truth. It is a drive that we have and cannot escape. Just as our bodies are composed primarily of water, so our souls crave the spiritual water of life.
THE PURE WELL
The Gospel of John tells of a Samaritan woman who went to draw water from a well when Jesus asked her for something to drink.
When Jesus told her of the living water that He would give her, she saw how He had nothing to draw with and she knew that the well was deep. So where would He get this water?
Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
She was drinking water from a deep well, but it was not the pure water that springs up to eternal life. She was drinking from an impure well that would leave her thirsty for more, ravaged by her natural craving and left subject to it.
THE IMPURE WELLS
When we come to the wells of man to draw, we draw deep and dirtied waters.
Some men, grasping at the truth, are, indeed, wells filled with water. They have an evidence of truth in them, a truth which comes from that natural revelation of God’s first testimony to man, but they are muddied and dirty waters, contaminated and made impure by all the evil deceits and wicked things of mans heart! Their water only introduces impurities into our systems; yet many still come to them to drink!
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PURE AND IMPURE WELL
Many find themselves drawing from wells that have run dry; they find themselves thirsty immediately after drinking; or they find themselves sick and weak because they have drank from impure wells.
These impure wells are the common wells– they are men who neither know the Lord, nor learn from Him, yet still offer teachings. They steal water from pure wells and contaminate it with their own impurities when they deposit it into their wells.
Many people, searching for water, will come to them to drink, thinking that they have found water.
But the living water from a pure well does not leave you thirsty. It is never empty because it wells up to eternal life. It is the only water that can bring life.
Where are you coming near to draw from?
There are books-a-plenty, but only one pure well. There are many teachers, but only One Holy Spirit. You can read books that tell you how to pray, or you can come to the Lord who instructs you in the Spirit through the Word. You may come to men who will tell you what the Word says, or you can draw near to the Lord who will speak to you His Word. You have the testament of the Lord already, and He is eager to teach you to listen to His voice:
I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear my voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd.