Book: Proverbs 25
“If the godly give in to wicked, it’s polluting a fountain or muddying a spring.”
This proverb has three key points to it that need to be consider: 1) the godly being tempted, 2) the purpose of the fountain, and 3) the purpose of the spring.
It is interesting to note that those who are living godly lives still have to constantly be on their guard from temptations that dishonor God. Satan is constantly trying to trip up those who belong to the Kingdom. Ephesians 6:12 reminds us of this when it says, “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” If we are fighting it means that we are fighting against something. The godly are fighting and can’t afford to drop their shield for even a moment.
A fountain has beautiful patterns of clear water pouring from it. The fountain structure is highlighted by the water. It is there to be enjoyed by the viewer. The water needs to be clean with a fresh fragrance coming from the spray. Kingdom Builders’ lives are to be a beautiful witness of the work God has done for them and through them. Anything less than being obedient and holy distracts from Him and His wisdom. Those who see our lives should be in awe of what God is doing and who He is.
Water is very important to our survival. A spring refreshes those who are thirsty while nobody wants to drink from a muddy, stirred up spring. The expectation is that pure clean clear cold water will flow out so that others can enjoy its gift. Sin stirs up that water so that others are not able to enjoy it. In fact people will not even want to drink from that spring if it’s muddy.
As you can see, each of us needs to be on our guard, allowing the Holy Spirit to protect us, not giving into temptation, so that others will see how beautiful God is, without distractions, and our lives will be the refreshing blessing to others He desires.