Legend has it that there was a man who was lost in the desert. He was dying for a drink of water. He stumbled upon an old run down shack, a windowless, weather beaten shack. He walked inside and noticed a rusty old pump in the corner. He walked over to the pump and began to move it up and down in hopes that some water would trickle out. After several minutes nothing came out.
He then noticed a jug, a dirty dusty jug sitting beside the pump. He picked it up and noticed it was filled with water. He wiped the dirt away and saw a note that was attached to the jug that read, “You have to prime the pump with all the water in the jug and you will have all the water you want.” There was a P.S. at the bottom of the note: “Be sure and fill the jug before you leave for the next weary traveler.”
He was faced with a decision. If he drank the water that was in the jug, even though it was murky, he would live. But if he poured the water into the old rusty pump, perhaps it would yield all the cool fresh water he could possibly drink.
The crisis point for the traveler was would he believe and obey the instructions on the jug? He weighed his options carefully and reluctantly picked up the jug and began pouring the water into the pump. As he began to pump the handle nothing was heard back but a few squeaks, then a little trickle of water, and finally a stream of cool fresh water, as much as he wanted! After drinking all the water he could hold he filled up the jug for the next weary traveler. He added his own P.S. at the bottom of the note that read, “It really does work!” When we believe and obey the instructions in our Bibles, those instructions really do work! I challenge you to read your Bible and obey the instructions.