On our travels in Israel, we came to Elisha’s Spring in Jericho, the oldest city in the world, as the sign boldly proclaimed. The water pouring through the spring looked refreshing and felt delightful on our feet in the dry, mid-afternoon heat. Written in the mosaic was the story from 2 Kings 2:19-22. The placement of the city of Jericho sat right next to a spring of water. However, the water was bitter and allowed nothing to grow there. Elisha asked for a cruse of salt, threw it in, and the LORD healed the waters. From that time on, the waters nourished the ground, allowed for life to be sustained in the arid heat, and flowed abundantly for all in need. Once healed, the spring became a reliable source of water. It never went back to its brackish state, nor did it switch back and forth between bitter and sweet. Had that become the case, what good would that have done? Once someone became sick by it, would they trust it at a later time, or would they search for another reliable, life-giving source?
This picture came to mind yesterday as I reviewed my social media stream. Social media can be such a useful tool for providing information and staying connected to friends and family, especially in this time of trying to avoid the spread of major illness. Preachers have been using the platform to continue their ministry to their congregations, and many others share encouragement and inspiration. Beautiful pictures with Bible verses are shared often, reflecting our desire to share God’s Truth with others.
Truly, though some would say otherwise, social media reflects who we are on a daily basis. We rarely share things we don’t agree with unless it is to point out why we don’t agree. Political issues that we agree or disagree with tend to make their way to our pages for applause or indignation. One post proclaims our absolute trust in God and the next can be a display of our derision for those that God has placed in authority over us. It becomes quite obvious to others that we are a very conflicted people. Our springs are flowing with both bitter and sweet water.
The question that the Holy Spirit impressed on me yesterday as I scanned through my old posts made me consider how reliable my spring is both online and in everyday life? My social media account is an easy place to gain a picture of the contrast in one place, but Jesus said, “every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” Matt. 12:36 This, my friends, caused me to pause and consider the words that I speak out loud, the sarcastic comments, the complaints, and even the small talk that doesn’t lead others to the one Whom I say that I love. The one who died for me, forgave me of my sin, and gave me grace to walk in obedience to His commands will be standing before me on that judgment day, and what will I have to offer Him? Very little life, if any, springs from bitter waters, or even intermittently sweet ones.
We who have been changed by His life-giving Spirit will only reflect His sweetness as we spend time with Him. His Word is our life-giving source of sweet water. The more we drink of it, the more it will flow out of us on a more reliable basis. So this is my challenge for myself and those who are looking for His glorious appearing– let’s spend a little more time with Him and allow Him to transform us by the renewing of our minds in the always life-giving source of the spring of His Word.
What passages are you meditating on currently? What are you memorizing? What is the Lord challenging you with right now? I am currently reading through 1 Kings and memorizing Psalm 37. I would love to hear from you!
Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. James 3:11-13