PILGRIMS HELPING PILGRIMS
I enjoy using Charles Spurgeon’s book “Morning and Evening” in my devotions. His insights are enlightening and encouraging. For example, today he was commenting on Psalm 84:5-7. It speaks about pilgrims digging wells for their own nourishment as they travel through barren areas. Those wells then become blessings to other pilgrims who later travel the same desolate paths. That is what Spurgeon’s writings are for me. These truths nourished and sustained him and now I come by on my journey and they help me as well.
I sometimes receive comments about how my blogs and writings help others and that God uses them in their lives. I guess it’s the same thing as with Spurgeon. I, too, dig wells as I seek to tap into God’s sustenance to carry me through this barren world. For me, putting thoughts into words is an important way of understanding God as I navigate through life. But then those words, in the form of blogs or articles, are found by others as they progress through life and God uses them to nourish them as well.
Spurgeon pointed out that each generation benefits from the wells of the previous generation, while also leaving new wells for those who still follow. I never really thought of it that way, but I like the analogy. God provides for our needs through those who have faithfully followed God and recorded their findings. And He uses our experiences to nourish and encourage those coming alone behind us. We are not alone. We are part of a long line of pilgrims traveling through this foreign land heading to our eternal Home. We draw encouragement and spiritual nutrition from those we follow and pass it on to those following us. I like that thought. I like it a lot!
I thank God for the privilege of being involved in some small way with the many new water wells being provided by Christians in India country so the people can have fresh, clean water. I am even more thankful, though, to be putting down spiritual wells to help the pastors and Christians in India as they strive to live for Jesus. Thanks for your part in making that possible! (March 26, 2018 Doylestown, PA)
Palm 84:5-7 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also fills the pools. They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appears before God. (KJV)
John 4:11-14 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Think of those whose writings and messages have helped you through your wilderness journey. Thank God for them.
Pray that God would use your life, your words and your example to encourage and guide others now or in the future.