2 Kings 2:21-22 Then he went out to the spring and threw the salt into it, saying, “This is what the Lord says: ‘I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.'” And the water has remained wholesome to this day, according to the word Elisha had spoken.
This is one of the few (if any) references to pollution in the whole Bible. We don’t know what the pollutant was, but from the evidence it may have been a heavy metal of some sort. There are also various other possibilities of mineral pollution. In any case, the water was certainly unhealthy to consume. The point is, God cares, and through Elisha He did something about it. When the salt was thrown into the spring, the proclamation was, “No longer will this cause death or miscarriage.” (The NIV says “make the land unproductive,” but the Japanese, in line with the Hebrew, says, “cause miscarriages.”) Such effects of water pollution are well documented even today. Just ask the people of Flint, Michigan! We don’t often think of healing in terms of things like water, but God is interested in getting at the source of the problem. Someone with cancer might need to be healed of an unforgiving spirit! Also, we don’t think of things like water pollution as something to be prayed about. That’s our big mistake. There is no aspect of our lives that God doesn’t care about. Jesus said that the Father even counts the hairs on our head! (Matthew 10:30) That should be a considerable comfort to someone with alopecia or even male-pattern baldness. We are back to the whole issue of faith and trust. Sometimes God’s solution to our problem involves our specific action, and we have to be willing to take that action. Throwing salt into a spring seems simple enough, but what if it is forgiving someone who has hurt us deeply, or doing something that terrifies us? We need to be open to whatever God says about our issue, and that requires both trust and humility. We are prone to demand that God fix our situation in the way we prescribe, and that’s seldom the best way. There is no telling how many blessings we miss that way. We need to believe that first of all, God really cares, and second, He will never allow anything in our life that He can’t use for good. (Romans 8:28) On that basis, we need to be open and obedient to whatever He says we are to do about it, and trust Him with the results.
I’ve run into various situations where God’s solution wasn’t what I had imagined, but His solution has always been very good indeed. I deal constantly with people who want God to fix their situation, but they want Him to do it their way. Speaking the truth in love, I try to tell them that their attitude is what is blocking God’s solution to the problem, but we humans can be very stubborn! I am not to give up on them, any more than God gave up on me, but keep lifting them up in prayer, speaking into their lives as God gives opportunity, and seeking to open their eyes to God and to themselves. I’ll never forget when God showed me a mirror! I can’t do that in someone else’s heart, but I can be available if God wants to use me for that purpose.
Father, thank You for the many different kinds of healing You have worked in my heart and life over the years. I’ve certainly had physical healing, but that has been the least of it! Help me be an open channel of Your healing grace and love to every person, every situation I’m involved in, for the blessing of many and for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!