There is a beautiful Scripture in Job. I have repeated this Scripture countless time, in countless situations. Job 14:7-9 reads, “At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail. Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant.”
Have you ever experienced a situation in which almost broke your spirit? Have you ever experienced a hurt that cut deep into your heart? Have you ever experienced a loss, in which you never thought you’d recover? Have you ever felt the desire for vindication, waiting for God to move, feeling spiritual dry and joyless? I can tell you I have experienced all of these situations and it was only by the “scent of water” I recovered.
I had read Job a thousand times. Just like you, I can read Scriptures, skim them more times than I can count, and all of a sudden, a verse makes more sense during tragedy. A hurt sparks desire to search Scripture. A wrong brings us to our knees desiring God’s healing and peace. This is how I came across Job 14:7-9; that the scent of water, where just a small amount can bring forth healing and new growth in your life.
Crying out to God for five months, my heart needed healing. I could sense the Spirit leading me to pray 1 Corinthian 13:4-8 over a situation, but I was obstinate, holding on to my hurt and vindication. There will always come a point in your pain where you have nothing left to cry, nothing to rehash in your mind, replaying the incident over and over always the victor and never the victim. When you come to this point, seeking the Lord’s healing, He will lead and guide you by His Spirit to a verse or prayer, drawing you closer to His love and His ways. Remember that, His ways are higher than ours, which will always include an example of Christ. We are Christ followers and we are to act as such. Holding on to my hurt made me feel justified and right, not loving and forgiving. Holding on to the heartache made me feel vindicated and “powerful”, not humble and gentle. I was NOT as Christ saying, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do.” (Luke 23:34)
When the Lord showed me Job 14, it seemed to leap off the page. A stump seems dry, old, and lifeless. Our life or circumstances that have happened to us can make our spiritual walk seem dry, old, and lifeless. But as Christians, we have hope! Hebrews 6:19 states, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf.” Colossians 2:14 says Christ has nailed our sins to the cross and made a public spectacle of the them, the powers and authorities that stand in opposition to Him, triumphing over them by the cross. All the “worldly” feelings, attitudes, and behaviors of hurt, anger, frustration, un-forgiveness, vindication, jealously, bitterness, envy, self-ambition, and pain are not of God. His fruits are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). I was in a sense holding on to everything contrary to Christ, contradicting my faith. But God is His patience and mercy, allowed me to “wallow” in my anger and grief until I was ready to give it to Him. How much time I WASTED sad and depressed. It’s almost embarrassing to write as a witness for Christ.
My lifeless spirit needed refreshment, that scent of water, life, and revival! Jesus of Nazareth also sent water to a woman in desperate need of a Savior. She too was dry, old, and lifeless. Although tired and weary, Christ never failed to open His arms to the ones who needed Him and He will NOT fail you. The woman at the well mentioned in John 4:1-38 needed healing and Christ was offering “living water”. He said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of 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.” This is so beautiful. In essence He was repeated from Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Just as the Scripture in Job says, “when a tree is cut down”, we can feel cut down. Cut from groups, family, friends, organizations, churches, jobs, and so on, only the hand of Christ can help you recover from such loss, such dry aches in your heart and give you water for your souls. Only He can give life to those roots which are firm and established in Him. Psalm 1:1-3 reads, “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. He is like a tree planted by streams of living water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” Living water brings life to dry roots, reviving the plant and the Christian.
Jesus said, “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him” (John 7:38). The Apostle Paul wrote poetically in 2 Corinthians 4:7-10, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” Christ’s living water revives are spirits, restores our peace, reveals Truth, and heals our souls!
We are to be rooted in Christ, NOT the world, not people, not our jobs, and not money. Our roots, our foundation has to be firm, trusting, and guided by the Holy Spirit for He brings times of refreshment, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” (Acts 3:19) If we are continually offended at every obstacle we face in life, continually bitter and un-forgiving to those who hurt us, continually “wallowing” in our self-pity and hurt, we will never experience God’s healing hand, His living water, or times of refreshment. We let go of a promised life for our own skewed interpretation of a Christian.
I pray this has blessed you to seek God for times of healing, refreshment and living water only He can give. May this remind you to pray, seek Him, and His counsel, reminding you to give your hurt, pain, and heartache over to the One with open arms and who is ready to take it and give you living water; for at just a scent of His love, just a scent of His peace, for just a scent of His yoke, for just a scent of His presence will heal the cut, wound, bruised, old, and lifeless stump, bringing a new season, a new hope, and a new perspective to your spirit.