Irrigation of the Soul
But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven. (Deuteronomy 11:11)
Recently I was driving through a rural area with farmlands on both sides of the road. Both were planted with corn ready to be harvested, but I noticed a distinct difference. On one side was a field of lush green tall corn, while on the other side the corn was half as tall and partially browned from the lack of rain.
Why the difference? The answer was simple. One side had an irrigation system and the other did not. The difference was obvious. Crops need water to grow and more water to prosper.
There is a spiritual parallel here. As the roots of agricultural crops need to be irrigated with water, so too do the roots of our being need to be irrigated with the Word of God.
Joy is what we experience when our longing for eternity is satisfied by an encounter with the Lord. When we meet with God through His Word and draw close to Him through righteous living, we enter into fellowship with Him and get a taste of eternity. Psalm 1 reveals that those who take pleasure in and preoccupy themselves with God’s law will prosper and experience true joy. In other words, meditation on God’s Word irrigates our souls and makes us grow.
An encounter with God irrigates our soul. The Bible equates spiritual growth with natural growth. Just like a person is born a baby, so we are born again a spiritual baby. For you have been born again (1 Pet 1:23). Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation (1 Pet 2:2).
No one is born a full grown adult. The same is true spiritually: no one is born again as a mature Christian. It takes time to grow. The way you grow is through the spiritual milk (irrigation) of God’s Word. The more you feed on it the more you will grow.
Two very important ways of cultivating our walk with God are through daily time spent with Him and developing meaningful relationships with other Christians. We should carve out time with God through study in His Word and spend adequate time in prayer, and we should spend time with other people who do likewise. Corporate worship is essential to spiritual maturity and development, but so is involvement in small groups and one on one discipleship. So often we learn best as we teach and disciple others.
Question: Do you want to flourish and prosper spiritually? Then take time each day to irrigate your soul.