“For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, that they all may call on the name of the Lord, to serve Him with one accord.” (Zephaniah 3:9 NKJV)
I have been asked many times about how I go about writing the articles that I do on this site. One of the questions is, “How often do I write?” I honestly answer by explaining the fact that it’s when I am prompted by the Holy Spirit. It could be several articles a week or it could be one or two months between articles. Many times a verse or subject jumps out at me, but the substance of the article doesn’t materialize for quite a while. Other times it flows like a spigot that I can’t turn off until I get the article exactly the way I feel the Holy Spirit wants it to be. And then, with peace in my spirit, I publish it.
The verse and title of this article came to me two weeks ago, but no matter how hard I tried to turn the spigot on, nothing came out. I was actually going to delete the title and verse from my notes and seek another article, but the Holy Spirit wouldn’t let me. The reason I found out I was at a standstill was because I was looking at the verse from the wrong perspective. I was looking at the discord within Christianity (when we were designed to be in one accord) rather than the fact that the Word of God, the Bible, truly is a pure language.
When I was growing up, I spent my Summers on the farm my mom was raised on in northwestern Pennsylvania. I knew every inch of the mountains for miles around. One of my favorite things was fishing for native Brook Trout. The mountain sides were filled with pure cold water springs that flowed out of the ground. This pure water flowed down into the valleys and formed what was called ‘Runs’ where I would fish. It then flowed into the Allegheny River which formed the Ohio River, which then flowed into the Mississippi River and then into the Gulf of Mexico. I found this fascinating. But I was saddened to learn how this crystal clear pure refreshing water I would drink right from the ground became a murky mess by the time it flowed into the Gulf of Mexico, which, at that point, became saltwater.
When I look at the pure language of the Word of God, the Bible, I now think of it the same way. Man set up factories along the river flow and polluted the once pure water from the natural springs I cherished. It is the same way many men pollute the Bible. The valuable lesson I learned concerning both pure natural spring water and the pure language of the Word of God is that I have to go back to the very source.
I must go back to the source in order to refresh myself with cool clear water to quench my thirst. It is the same way with the Bible. I must go back to the source and refresh myself with the unaltered and untwisted Word of God. Then, and only then, I will be with one accord with my Brothers and Sisters-in-Christ who have done the same. It will be evident by our love and unity.
Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask Me, and I would give you living water.” Then Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water (from the Samaritan well) will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” (John 4:10,13-14 NLT)