12 Jan 2018

‘Jesus at the Centre of it All’

by John McManus

Start by reading…Genesis 26:17-27:46Matthew 9:1-17Psalm 10:16-18Proverbs 3:9-10

Like his father, Abraham, Isaac was central in the establishment of the Jewish people. Abraham’s second son, the son of promise, was part of God’s great plan to bring forth a Saviour.

To preserve his inheritance, the flocks and herds Isaac had amassed needed water. Genesis 26:18 says:

“And Isaac dug again the wells of water which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father…”

Wells were central to survival. A water source was needed wherever there was pasture for grazing, but the enemy (the Philistines) stopped up these wells, filling them with earth to prevent the supply. Without water, the sheep wouldn’t survive. Isaac knew that he had to dig these wells again to preserve his inheritance.

Does this Philistine tactic sound familiar? The analogy here for those who profess the Lordship of Jesus is that, wherever God has placed us – in terms of geography, family, relationships, career or ministry – Jesus must be our centre and our source.

The priority for believers is to “seek first the kingdom of God” (see Matthew 6:33), for His reign and rule to be the most important thing in our lives, with Jesus at the centre of everything we do. He is our source; our supply.

Pause and reflect: In John 4:13-14 Jesus says:

“Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst, the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

 Our enemy, the devil, wants to cut us off from our supply. He wants to cut us off from our inheritance by stopping up our wells, stemming the flow, filling our lives with distractions and other priorities. Let’s preserve our inheritance and continue growing more Christlike. Let’s dig these wells again!


John McManus
John McManus

John is a passionate follower of Jesus, husband to his wife Julie and father to his three grown up children, Andrew, Hannah & Michael. He lives in Chepstow and serves with the team there at Victory Church.

Your thoughts & prayers

  • Marian Matthews-nee Mackay

    What a wonderful ending to this devotional John – “Let’s dig these wells again.” Those words are not actually and ending though, they are the beginning of the possibilities God will bring to pass when ALL His people begin to dig the wells of salvation again. I say YES and AMEN.

    For too long the enemy has tried to dry up the wells of salvation, but God is calling us all to begin to dig them again until the water flows pure and plentiful. May every Christian in every town, village or hamlet get busy again digging and restoring the wells of salvation until we once again see revival on a massive scale right across our land.

    As I read this devotional I was reminded of some words of Scripture we sang regularly many years ago. They were lifted directly from Isaiah 12. I love Scripture songs because they are our daily bread from Heaven. Here’s what we sang:-

    “Therefore with joy shall ye draw water, out of the wells of salvation.
    And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord,

    Call upon his name, declare his doings among the people,

    Make mention that his name is exalted.”

  • Annie Brown

    Oh yes, that is so exciting. Let’s dig these wells again. It reminds me of Psalm 84, springs of water, wells, for refreshing on our journey to Zion. It’s a challenge that we all need, to be reminded to drink deeply and know without a shadow of doubt that nothing can separate from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Yes and Amen indeed.

  • Terry Leaman

    Hi John, I like the idea of getting the wells flowing again, unblocking the sources of life and presenting clean water to the world again. Great thought. Presenting the life of the Father to all around us. It’s worth the effort, to unclog the sources that men have filled in. Thanks.