Fountain of Life

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"The good man out of his good treasure brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings froth what is evil." (Matthew 12:35).

Before we had running water, digging a well was one of the most important achievements before getting married, starting a family and building a home because the well provided a continual source of water that supported your life style. Indeed, I have seen homes built around a well so that water was readily available. Flowing water adds value to the property and so a good deep well that never goes dry is an invaluable resource.

Having righteous people in your community who can speak wisdom and teach God's word is like having a community well. Solomon says the righteous man or woman is a fountain of life. This person provides wisdom, teaching and advice to all who gather around. They are mentors in the community and are a source of knowledge. Their wisdom is unending like a deep well.

"And He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed upon Him. And He began to say to them, "today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." And all were speaking well of Him, and wondering at the gracious words which were falling from His lips; and they were saying, Is this not Joseph's son?" (Luke 4:20-22).

Wise speech is just as necessary for a community as running water.

Proverbs 10 - Teaches us today?

Proverbs 10:11 "(11) The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence."

Psalm 59:9-13 (Theme: Protect Me, O My Strength). "(9) Because of his strength I will watch for Thee, For God is my stronghold. (10) My God in His loving kindness will meet me; God will let me look triumphantly upon my foes. (11) Do not slay them, lest my people forget; Scatter them by Thy power, and bring them down, O Lord, our shield. (12) On account of the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips, Let them even be caught in their pride, And on account of curses and lies which they utter. (13) Destroy them in wrath, destroy them, that they may be no more; That men may know that God rules in Jacob, To the ends of the earth."

Today's question. Where are the wise?

The mouths of the wicked are easy to find. They are loud, boisterous, opinionated and wrong. You can easily find them on TV, the Internet and some even put their words in song. They have a negative impact on our community and collectively their goal is to wear the community down so they can practice their wickedness uninhibited. The words they spew taste good at first, but after you swallow them, the aftertaste is bitter and foul.

"The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?" (Jeremiah 17:14).

The wise are more difficult to find. They are humble and studious. They love the word of God and you may find them in prayer a lot. To find them you must pray. Pray to the Holy Spirit that He brings you to them. Seek them out because the enlightenment they provide will help you have life more abundantly.

Dear God, I pray that you add to the numbers of the wise in our communities. Amen.

The Newness Of Life Daily Bible Message is designed for those who like to take a short respite from the day's responsibilities to enjoy the contemplation of God's word. This daily message is based primarily upon the belief that to read some of Proverbs and some of Psalm everyday will provide us with great spiritual growth and development when done consistently with discipline.  Phillip Saxton and contibute to Newness Of Life Ministries (NOL) Phillip Saxton, www.NewnessOfLife.com. Phillip can be reached at saxton AT MiTowne dot com

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