Elder Insights – Jan. 4th, 2017

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Water and the Word

Because of a lack of rain this past fall I had not mowed the lawn for over a month. As I mowed after a good rain I was amazed at how water had turned a dry brown lawn into a lush green lawn. As I mowed I began to think about how often in scripture water is used to represent the word of God and how water is used to illustrate how Gods word saves and rejuvenates our soul.
In the gospel of John Chapter 4, we are familiar with the account of Jesus meeting a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. The conversation turns from the water in the well to living water. In verse 14 Jesus says “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” Then in John Chapter 9 we read that Jesus heals a blind man. Water was used to make the mud Jesus put on his eyes and then Jesus instructed him to go to the pool of Siloam and wash. Water was used in both illustrations but it was the words that Jesus spoke that changed lives. The power is in the words not the water. When my life starts to turn brown (yes, it happens) it is the water of the word that turns it green again. Just as the nutrients in the rain rejuvenates the grass, the power of God’s word rejuvenates my soul.
As humans, we need water to live. As Christians, we need Gods Word to live the life He intends for us. Consider Psalms 139 a Psalm of thanksgiving; in verses one through six God has infinite knowledge of us, in verses seven through thirteen He is always with us, in verses thirteen through eighteen He describes our importance to Him and in verses nineteen through twenty-two we see the security we have in Him. If we head the last two verses God’s word will water and rejuvenate our soul.

Paul Wegner

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