I couldn’t fall asleep last night even though I was extremely tired. Instead of turning on the lamp beside the bed, I grabbed my phone and pulled up the Kindle app to read my bible. I made it through two chapters about the story of Gideon before I was able to rest. But as I fell asleep and then rose this morning the following was on my mind:
“Then the Lord said to Gideon, “There are still too many people. Take them down to the water, and I will test them for you there. If I say to you, ‘This one can go with you,’ he can go. But if I say about anyone, ‘This one cannot go with you,’ he cannot go.” So he brought the people down to the water, and the Lord said to Gideon, “Separate everyone who laps water with his tongue like a dog. Do the same with everyone who kneels to drink.” The number of those who lapped with their hands to their mouths was 300 men, and all the rest of the people knelt to drink water. The Lord said to Gideon, “I will deliver you with the 300 men who lapped and hand the Midianites over to you. But everyone else is to go home.” So Gideon sent all the Israelites to their tents but kept the 300, who took the people’s provisions and their trumpets. The camp of Midian was below him in the valley.” Judges 7:4-8
This whole month I have been challenged to write about the Spring of Life. It has not been anything that I thought it would be, but it has been a refreshing time of listening to the Holy Spirit speak to me in different ways than I typically like to hear. I have been challenged to listen in ways that stretch my normal patterns and comfort levels. Last night was no different.
As I have meditated on the above passage, the Holy Spirit has drawn me to consider how I drink from the Spring of Life.
Do I rush to it and drink as much and as fast as I can or do I approach the Spring of Life with a Holy awe and tremble of respect for the gift that He has so freely given to me?
Do I drink so quickly and then leave without giving any thanks to the One who provided it?
Do I drink so as much as I think I need to sustain me when I leave to take care of the things I really need to take care of on my own?
God’s word promises that He will give water to the thirsty and He did that for all the men who were taken to the water. However, I think there was a difference in the depth of thirst for each man. Some men just lapped up the water as dogs and where sent away to continue doing whatever it was they were doing in their own strength already. Then there were those men who cupped the water with their hands while keeping their eyes continually uplifted. I can only imagine the scene of men who were so thirsty for God that they could not keep their eyes off the One who was providing and satisfying not only their physical thirst, but their spiritual as well. It is those men whom God chose to take into battle and fight for His glory because He knew they would continue to drink from the Spring of Life with eyes on Him even in the midst of the battle.
Lord, help me to cup water from the Spring of Life.
“I will take the cup of salvation and call on the name of Yahweh.”