Above all guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life. (Proverbs 4:23)

Circumstances may discourage, but you are more than your circumstances. Environments may seem to limit, but there is more to you than can be discovered just from your environment. A hard and apathetic world may suggest that you are insignificant and your life does not count for much, but there is another One whose opinion on the matter is the one that ultimately matters. He calls you His child, His beloved, His friend, and His family.

The issues of life are settled in our soul, not in our surroundings.

A wellspring is a source of water that comes from deep within the earth and can exist even in an arid environment. Jerusalem was not watered by lakes or rivers; the inhabitants had to search for water elsewhere from rainfall or from underground streams. The inspired psalmist used this to depict spiritual truth as he wrote, “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God … God is within her, she will not fall” (Psalm 46:4-5). He was saying that what we see on the surface is not all that there is to any circumstance, and this is especially true for believers.

We have a Source of strength who works within us by His Spirit, Christ Jesus the Living Water. As He said to a Samaritan woman, “Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14). A few days later, Jesus spoke similar words to crowds in Jerusalem, “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him” (John 7:38), and then John explained further what Christ meant, “By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive” (John 7:39).

A wise person does not put temptation in his own way, that is, he is careful about his circumstances, his surroundings, the company he keeps, and the places he goes. But more than these outward things we need to watch what is happening inside our hearts. The words above from Proverbs instruct us to be careful about the thoughts that we entertain in our minds. Set a guard up to block the wrong thoughts: jealousy, bitterness, anger, unforgiveness, or anything impure.

As Paul wrote in Philippians 4:6-9:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

You are more than your circumstances. Your failures are not the final comment on your life. Your outward limitations do not deprive you of eternity touching your soul. An arid moral environment does not mean that you cannot be filled with the Living Water of holiness. Take care not to put temptation in your own way, but more than watching your steps, guard your heart and fill your thoughts with the true, noble, and pure things of God. This is your life and He is your Wellspring to give you strength and encouragement in times of difficulty.

Lord, we are dry vessels in an empty moral desert on this earth, and we need Your life that refreshes us and makes us glad. Today let us draw deeply from Your wellspring of life that satisfies and strengthens. Amen

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