Hope Springs Eternal

by Tim Hall
Christ abundantly supplies that which our souls need most.
waterflow.JPGSpring was a special time for students of Chad Elementary School. Like a scene from “The Waltons”, the students of that three-room school in Eastern Kentucky rushed out the door each day for recess. Spring was a time to cast off those bulky coats and run in the sun-warmed air. We would find on these days new rivulets of water on our playground. Underground springs had swelled to the point that they had to find outlets.
Those springs didn’t last long. As spring gave way to summer, the ground became dry once more. Other places in the mountains boasted year-round springs. At any time you could find water flowing from within the earth.
God has the ability to create springs where formerly there were none. How well we remember the famous incident in the desert when Moses struck a rock with his rod. There was no water to be found moments earlier, but at God’s direction gushing streams issued forth to satisfy that multitude of people and their animals (Exodus 17:1-7).
God’s ability to refresh his people has not diminished through the ages. He made this promise in Isaiah: “Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert … to give drink to my people, my chosen” (Isaiah 43:19,20, NKJV).
The promise in Isaiah was not meant to be interpreted literally, though God had shown his ability to bring forth water from a rock. Israel needed spiritual refreshment, water to assuage their souls. God was the source of that blessing, too. His springs would faithfully satisfy their needs.
Jesus renewed once more the offer of water for the soul: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37,38). Not a trickle does Jesus offer thirsty disciples, nor even a mere sprinkling, but rivers. There is abundant refreshment for those who come to the Lord.
“Hope springs eternal” wrote Alexander Pope in the 18th century. The source of that stream, however, began centuries before Pope. Only in Christ do we find that which our souls need most.

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