At our present house, we have a fire hydrant on the corner of our lot. It doesn’t add much to the aesthetics of the landscaping, and it wasn’t a selling feature of the house. On the other hand, I think the insurance company likes it. Should we ever face the disaster of a house fire we have a ready supply of water to fight it.
Zechariah speaks of a fountain as a strong force against sin and impurity. It will cleanse the inhabitants of Jerusalem. It will wash away the harmful influences of false prophets and unclean spirits. Idols will be forgotten. The prophet promises that on that day the deceivers will be silenced.
The refiner’s fire purifies. Are we ready for this kind of transformative process in our lives and in our church? The fountain of God is not just a security measure. It is a life changer that prepares us for Advent. For God will come and say, “They are my people.” And we will respond, “The Lord is our God.” (verse 9)
On that day when flowing fountain cleanses all our sin away, May each blessing we are counting move our hearts and lips to pray. Amen. — DH