In Israel there are two main bodies of water. In the north of the country there is the Sea of Galilee and in the south there is the Dead Sea. God has given us one of His most powerful lessons without ever uttering a word…if we will only pay attention to these two bodies of water.
The Sea of Galilee is blessed with the waters that flow from Mount Hermon and the surrounding area. As a result, the Sea of Galilee is full of fish and surrounded by lush vegetation of every kind. All kinds of wildlife come down to the water to quench their thirst.
You have all heard of the Jordan River. Well, up until a few years ago, the Jordan River carried water from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea in the south. Because of the water needs of the nation a dam was built to stop the outflow of the water.
In the south there are wadis, low places between the hills, that carry rainwater into the Dead Sea, but the Dead Sea doesn’t “give” its water to any river or stream. All of the water that flows into the Dead Sea is “held” onto. As a result, the Sea is dead. There is no life that can live in its waters. The salt content is so high that you can’t sail a boat on its waters without the hull being eaten up by the minerals. Our guide told us that you can’t swim very long in the waters of the Dead Sea or it will eat your swimming suit right off of you. I don’t know if he was telling us the truth or not, but none of us tested his theory.
What a great lesson for us is found in these two bodies of water. When God chose Abram, He told him, 2 “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. (Genesis 12:2 NIV) Did you catch that? God was going to bless Abram so that he might be a blessing to others.
In the New Testament, Jesus said, 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38 NIV) Give, give freely, give laviously, and without thought of what you will miss, and God will give to you. When others disappoint you and fail you, give forgiveness with the same measure that you would like for God to forgive you. When others are in need come to their assistance without thinking about the time you will have to give up and then watch how God provides for you when your time of need comes around.
There are great lessons to be learned from God’s creation. We had the opportunity to swim in the waters of both bodies of water. I could stay in the Sea of Galilee all day long. It’s waters are refreshing and relaxing. I stayed in the Dead Sea for about 15 minutes before I had to get out. The waters of the Dead Sea are like the people I know who are selfish and self-serving…they are hard to be around.