Elijah and Elisha

Elisha heals the water at Jericho

This devotional is written by Helen Bunker who is familiar with every footpath in Marylebone since lockdown locked us down, and who continues to co-host a small group now via Zoom!

2 Kings 2:19-22

Healing of the Water

19 The people of the city said to Elisha, "Look, our lord, this town is well situated, as you can see, but the water is bad and the land is unproductive."

20 "Bring me a new bowl," he said, "and put salt in it." So they brought it to him.

21 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.'" 22 And the water has remained pure to this day, according to the word Elisha had spoken.


Elisha has just completed his miraculous re-crossing of the Jordan and is now faced with a water-source in Jericho that has caused death and disease for generations. Seemingly unperturbed, he calls for a bowl of salt and with that small bowl, the water source is changed for good. How could this act possibly make such a difference for all time? In a moment, the water becomes a source of fruitfulness and wellness.

Turning toxic water into something that nourishes. Something dank, dark and decaying into something uplifting, joyful and life-giving. God worked through Elisha that day.

For me, this is a reminder of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Once we receive the Holy Spirit, we are forever changed. Nothing is the same again. Just as through Elisha, the spring was transformed with salt, so we are transformed by the Holy Spirit. The people of Jericho witnessed a miracle that changed lives. When we receive the Holy Spirit, our lives are changed.

Do you need the miracle-working power of God to move in a situation in your life? Are you ready to throw salt into the spring of your life? Are you ready for the change that it brings?

Take a few moments now to pause, to sit quietly in the presence of God. Ask Him to show you where the Holy Spirit is working in your life right now. If you need more of His presence, ask. If you are ready to receive the Holy Spirit for the first time, ask. Come, Holy Spirit.

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