Its truly a soggy day in central Pennsylvania today as the rain has been coming down all night and this morning too. But that’s just fine, the Lord knows what He’s doing for as they say “April showers bring May flowers” ! Most people don’t care for a lot of rain but we do recognize its needed for our drinking supply and other needs, the plants need it, as do the animals. Through the rains God not only provides us with this life sustaining liquid but He washes the terrain, refreshes parched vegetation, and myriads of other things needful to maintain His creation we are still not aware of. It was only around 150 years ago science finally discovered the importance of running water to wash one’s hands as a simply yet powerful preventive measure in the promotion of good health and washing away of germs. So Mom was right after all, “Wash your hands good before you eat !”
Perhaps this is why God so deftly uses this language through Paul as it speaks of how we are spiritually cleansed, “. . . with the washing of water by the Word” (Eph.5:26) and in another verse, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to His mercy He saved us , by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” (Titus 3:5). You are clean at salvation but we still need the daily washing the Word can only provide as we go out in a dirty world. We see things, hear things that come into our minds to pollute but we also have a sin nature and so within is yet a filthiness which needs daily purging.
I like how James sums up living the Christian life by stating, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this: To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” (James 1:27). Though it may be raining outside, is it inside? It needs to. So take some time today to let the water of the Word refresh your soul and mind and so live unspotted or clean even in a uncleanly world !!