I spoke to a farmer recently. He told me about a method he and a group of farmers used to irrigate their land for many years. They built a reservoir at the base of a mountain. Snow from the mountain melted each spring and filled the reservoir. They tapped the reservoir every year to water their lands below the mountain. They setup pumps and pipes to move the water from the reservoir to their fields.
But Montana has seen drought the last seven years. Snowfall was light on the mountain so the reservoir went dry. He said, "The pumps and the plumbing are all in place and working, but there isn't water to draw from".
You know that story made me think. Our hearts are like a reservoir. God has given us a reservoir to draw from while we live in this world. He also gives us a mountain full of living water in His Word. But we have to open our hearts to His word and store it there before it can be used to nourish our lives.
In my study I've found three ways to maintain our heart reservoirs and nurture our lives.
First, we need to put the Word of God into our hearts. The way to do this is to meditate on the Word of God. There are several places in the Word that encourage us to meditate on the Word. Here are just a few.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8 (NKJV)
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:1-2 (NKJV)
True peace and a relationship with God comes from meditating on the Word of God. Consider how enthusiastic the writer of Psalm is about meditation. These are just a few.
Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. Psalm 119:97 (NKJV)
My eyes are awake through the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word. Psalm 119:148
David wanted his meditation to please God.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 (NKJV)
Secondly, we need to clear the pipe that goes from the reservoir through our mouth and into our world. We do this by actively taking every thought into captivity using the Blood of Jesus and the Word of God. When my thoughts stray, I immediately put them under the Blood of Jesus. It's amazing how quickly our thoughts are brought under control. Now these thoughts may be sinful thoughts or they could be thoughts of fear or sickness. Any thought that does not line up with the Word of God should be put under captivity.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 (NKJV)
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV)
Finally, our lives are directed by the words that come out of our hearts. If our heart is corrupt then our lives will be corrupt. But if our hearts are a reservoir of the Living Word of God, then our lives will bear the fruit God intended. Jesus explained it this way.
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45
This is God's perfect will for our lives. Fill the Reservoir of our heart with His word, Keep our pipes clean and let His perfect will flow through us into the world.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 (NKJV)