Thursday, June 29, 2017

Springs of Blessing

UV 2304/10000 Springs of Blessing
And she said unto him, Give me a blessing: for thou hast given me a south land; give me also springs of water. And Caleb gave her the upper springs and the nether springs.
Judges 1 v 15

Achsah, Caleb’s daughter, asked him for one more blessing. Like her, we too should ask our Father in heaven one more stream of blessing or spring of blessing. A spring is a source of blessing that never dries up but flows forever in summer and winter. We need to expect with thanksgiving springs of water in the areas of our life that are dry. The Lord is gracious and will not delay in granting our desire for one more stream of blessing, for springs of water in our “southern land” or the areas of our need, our weakness, our hope. Caleb answered his daughter by not only giving her one source of blessing – the upper springs but the lower springs, too. Likewise, the Lord will do more, much more than we expect or need or asked for. Jesus taught us , “ Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened.” We need to ask on the basis not of human words or human understanding but on the basis of our faith in Jesus’s words. We need to ask with a believing mind and a seeking heart. Our words should not run contrary to the words of Jesus. Our actions should not belie our faith but coincide with our belief and our words. We should persist in asking, seeking and knocking. We should never give up on our hope and faith for the Lord never gives up on us.

The Lord like a good father is always eager to bless and satisfy His children. We should come to Him not as a fearful slave or servant but as a child who trusts in the generosity and love of the Father. He is always able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we ask. It is not as if the Lord does not know our needs but that in the process of our asking and His fulfilling our needs, we draw even closer and experience His love in a new and intimate way. The upper springs He gives us is a metaphor of heavenly or spiritual blessings in the eternal realm while the nether or lower springs are the earthly blessings He gives us here and now in the course of our lifetime.
Like Achsah, we should approach our Father with thanksgiving for whatever He has blessed and given us this far. She was not complaining that her father had given her bad lands or dry lands but she was simply stating the fact that she was in need of streams to cultivate the land. She did not try to take it by force or threat or compulsion. She was not impatient but she came with a spirit of supplication. Every uni-verse is a spring of blessing for every believing reader. It is both the upper spring and the lower spring of our lives. These springs will water and nourish every part of our being, our lives, our families and circles of influence.

Prateep V Philip

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