2 Kings 2:21-22 (NLT)
21Then he went out to the spring that supplied the town with water and threw the salt into it. And he said, “This is what the Lord says: I have purified this water. It will no longer cause death or infertility.” 22And the water has remained pure ever since, just as Elisha said.
Mark 9:50 (NIV)
50“Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other.”
Jesus told us that we were “the salt of the earth,” but he didn’t really say what he meant by that. So, we’re spending some time this week thinking about how the things we use salt for might give us guidance for living Christ-like lives.
Some people have used salt for its healing qualities. When I would get a scratchy throat as a little kid, my mother would have me gargle with warm salt water. I never looked forward to this, because the salt water tasted really bad. But after gargling with it a couple of times, my throat would usually feel better.
Of course, these days, we have a whole selection of cough drops and sprays to help our sore throats, and people probably don’t use salt water very much anymore. So, today’s reading from Kings is a good reminder that salt has the power to heal.
The water in Jericho was bad. People were getting sick and dying. Women were having miscarriages. But Elisha used salt—and a miracle from God—to purify the water. The people were restored to health.
As “the salt of the earth,” we have some healing power, too. We can heal our broken relationships. Maybe a misunderstanding has gone uncorrected. Maybe an argument was never resolved. Maybe unkind words were spoken and allowed to linger. Maybe trust was carelessly tossed aside and never restored.
Let the healing begin! Start with some prayer. Ask for a forgiving spirit. Ask for guidance. Ask for strength and patience in dealing with a difficult situation. Then, reach out. Be the salt! “Maintain salt among yourselves and keep peace with each other.”
If today’s devotion spoke to you in a particular way and you feel led to share your thoughts with others, please do so.