The thing about reading scripture in the morning is that it can set you up for the rest of the day. Lately what I have tended to do is have the chapter on audio and repeated while I develop what I write about it. That can take as long as an hour at times, so that’s at least ten times the same scripture is being read to me. It’s proving to be a very good way of not just focusing on what I write, but also giving me much food for thought to chew on for the rest of the day.
Today is a great example. The episode of the purified water in 2 Kings 2 was something I had not really considered that deeply before. Chapter 2 was about Elisha inheriting from Elijah and that sobering episode of Elisha cursing those that mocked him and a bear savaging them. On this occasion, though, the short recording of the story left a huge impact on me. Simple story – the land could not be productive because the water was polluted. Elisha established his prophetic credentials by being the channel through which God turned that situation around by purifying the water.
The water made the difference between being productive and useless. There must be something in the water where some people are concerned because their flow just appears so polluted. Polluted by cynicism, bitterness, regret, shame, pride, fear and so many other subtle substances that poisons the flow. That means whatever they do, it doesn’t lead into a healthy productive outcome. Some people get acclimatised to that. Some think it’s about making the best out of bad situation.
Thank God this is not all there is. Just as in the beginning God produced light in a dark situation, so God can purify even the most grossly polluted waters. Indeed faith in Jesus radically transforms the water so that from us flows pure living water to refresh, enliven, soothe and energise those we come across.
That’s particularly good news, because so much around us is polluted. Not just the physical ecology but the relational one too. We need the pure living water. We need it to produce life. We need it to produce the fruits of love, faith and hope. We need it to flush out the toxins of sin in all of its guises.
We need to flow so that when we are channels of blessings to others we can return praise to God and suggest to all looking on – there must be something in the water.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden