Living in Michigan, we have to buy our water. So I take weekly trips to Applevalley to fill up the 2.5 gallon jug from the Purified Water dispenser. I lug it home and drink from it missing the NY water that flowed freely from the tap.
What if Jesus cleansed the water, I wonder. I read in my devotions today the story of God purifying the bad water through Elisha the prophet. Elisha threw salt into the water, saying, “This is what the LORD says: ‘I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.’ And the water has remained pure to this day, according to the word Elisha had spoken” (2 Kings 2:21,22).
What if that water were me? My name means true water . . . have I been healed and purified, so that I am a blessing to others, bringing life and bearing spiritual fruits?
Mrs. White comments on this passage, ” The polluted stream represents the soul that is separate from God. Sin not only shuts away from God, but destroys in the human soul both the desire and the capacity for knowing Him. Through sin, the whole human organism is deranged, the mind is perverted, the imagination corrupted; the faculties of the soul are degraded. There is an absence of pure religion, of heart holiness. The converting power of God has not wrought in transforming the character. The soul is weak, and for want of moral force to overcome, is polluted and debased” (PK 233).
How, then, do we purify our souls?
“The Spirit of God produces a new life in the soul, bringing the thoughts and desires into obedience to the will of Christ; and the inward man is renewed in the image of God. Weak and erring men and women show to the world that the redeeming power of grace can cause the faulty character to develop into symmetry and abundant fruitfulness. The heart that receives the word of God is not as a pool that evaporates, not like a broken cistern that loses its treasure. It is like the mountain stream, fed by unfailing springs, whose cool, sparkling waters leap from rock to rock, refreshing the weary, the thirsty, the heavy-laden. It is like a river constantly flowing and, as it advances, becoming deeper and wider, until its life-giving waters are spread over all the earth. The stream that goes singing on its way leaves behind its gift of verdure and fruitfulness. The grass on its banks is a fresher green, the trees have a richer verdure, the flowers are more abundant. When the earth lies bare and brown under the summer’s scorching heat, a line of verdure marks the river’s course” (PK 234).
“As those who have been cleansed and sanctified through a knowledge of Bible truth engage heartily in the work of soulsaving, they will become indeed a savor of life unto life. And as daily they drink of the inexhaustible fountain of grace and knowledge, they will find that their own hearts are filled to overflowing with the Spirit of their Master, and that through their unselfish ministry many are benefited physically, mentally, and spiritually. The weary are refreshed, the sick restored to health, and the sin-burdened relieved. In far-off countries thanksgiving is heard from the lips of those whose hearts are turned from the service of sin unto righteousness. “Give, and it shall be given unto you;” for the word of God is “a fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon.” Luke 6:38; Song of Solomon 4:15″ (PK 234)
Once healed, the waters of that city stayed forever pure.
God’s Spirit and Word, received with open hearts and shared with willing passion, will make us “a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14).
Dear LIVING SPRINGS, let us be agents of healing in the world today by spending time drinking from the everlasting well of God.
Dear Heavenly Father, please purify our souls today by pouring our Your Holy Spirit in abundant showers and drenching us with Your truth as we dig deep into Your Word.