Rom.10:14,15 – How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!”
It had been a long, hot day of pine cone picking in Klamath Falls, Oregon when this scripture took on new meaning for me. Parris and I were part of a team working with Weyerhaeuser to supply funds for our Bible College. I had been working all day and was hot and thirsty. One of our team leaders, Glenn Swarthout, had gone to get water for our team. I can still remember the moment even though it has been well over forty years ago. The mountains were stunning and it was a beautiful late summer day when I heard Glen singing and worshipping in the distance. Isaiah’s version of this promise says it like this, Isa.52:7 – “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
Seeing Glenn coming around the bend through the trees was a beautiful sight. I don’t want to sound overly dramatic but we were really thirsty. Nice cold water was the best news I could possibly receive, it was like nourishment for my soul.
Now think about this for a moment, God’s word is compared to water in the scriptures. It cleanses and refreshes us. It is the very source of life. Each one of us, as Christians, are called in some capacity to be carriers of God’s Word. We are carrying this water of life to the people of our world. To those who begin to get it, those whose hearts are opening to the gospel, our arrival is beautiful. We are those carrying the refreshing water of the word to the thirsty in the wilderness of this world.
Each one of us are strategically planted in the world to be carriers of His good news. You aren’t in your family by accident, your neighborhood and your place of employment are really divine assignments filled with His appointments. I am thankful for those who have brought me a refreshing drink over the years, now its my turn to bring His refreshing into the wilderness.