If you have ever visited the South, you may have seen an old-fashioned water pump connected to a well. This letter was found near a well on a desert trail in Nevada’s Amargosa Desert:

This pump is all right as of June 1932. I put a new sucker washer into it and it ought to last five years. But the washer dries out and the pump has got to be primed. Under the white rock I buried a bottle of water, out of the sun and cork end up. There’s enough water in it to prime the pump, but not if you drink some first. Pour about one-fourth and let her soak to wet the leather. Then pour in the rest medium fast and pump like crazy. You’ll git water. The well has never run dry. Have faith. When you git watered up, fill the bottle and put it back like you found it for the next feller. (signed) Desert Pete.

P.S. Don’t go drinking the water first. Prime the pump with it and you’ll git all you can hold.

Faith is like the old pump which needed priming. The Word of God is like the bottle of water which primed the pump. And we can equate the well with God’s abundant provision. Unless our faith is buttressed and reinforced by God’s Word, it cannot draw from the reservoir of God’s grace. Likewise, without faith the Word of God will not yield results in our lives.

The well of God’s provision has never run dry, but our faith in His Word is easily shaken. Maybe you are experiencing difficulties in a relationship, or you have been searching for a job for the past several months with no success. You are perplexed as to how your situation will be resolved. Remember faith does not seek to understand in order to believe. It believes in order to understand. Have faith in God. The well has never run dry.

Weave in faith and God will find the thread. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.