LEA Weekly Devotion
Word’s Worth series 2022–2023
Week of April 30, 2023
God didn’t force His children into a low sodium diet. No, indeed. Salt played a well-seasoned role in Bible days. God and His people used it religiously for several reasons.
Salt once solved the problem of bad spring water. We hear in 2 Kings 2:19–22 how God called Elisha into an ancient version of the Culligan® technician who fixed a water problem by sprinkling salt in into the spring that supplied it. And, of course, God invoked His holy and trustworthy Word too.
As you’ve likely experienced, salt lasts a long time when you’re not flipping it over your shoulder in a culinary flourish or assaulting your food with copious amounts of it to maintain elevated blood pressure. And had you been a Roman soldier, you would have been paid is salt (as in salary). Hmm. I wonder what District pay scales would have looked like. One could say you might take it with a grain of sale.
Back to the true value of salt. Salt was a precious commodity, perhaps its most important use being to seal covenants between God and His people.
Salt had richly spiritual symbolic qualities. Because salt is a durable (how about eternal) preservative, we can think of it in terms of how God is our, indestructible, imperishable, and eternal keeper of promises—keeper of covenants through any and all circumstances and through all ages. Praise Jesus—and pass the salt.
Jesus will always keep your shaker filled. Ask the Holy Spirit to keep shaking your salt for others (Matt. 5:13). It’s what makes you worth your salt.
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Written by Edward Grube, LL.D.
Director of Communications
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Quoted Scripture CSB®
A joyful heart is good medicine,
But a crushed spirit dries up the bones—Prov. 17: