The area around the Dead Sea looks much like the desert planet Tatooine from Star Wars. The atmosphere surrounding the lake creates a yellow haze, and the hot sun shimmers off the salt-dusted sand. An obvious void of life encircles the briny, thick water for miles. Not only is the Dead Sea one of the “deadest” places on earth, it is also the deepest at 1,300 feet below sea level.
The “dead” and the “deep” attributes of the Dead Sea really struck a chord with me on my trip to the Holy Land. Ezekiel chapter 47 describes a symbolic rebirth of the Dead Sea. The Living Water of Jesus flows from the Temple and brings life to everything it washes over, including the Dead Sea.
“These waters go out toward the east country and down into the Arabah, then flow into the Dead sea. When they flow into the sea, the waters there become clean again. Every living thing that gathers where the river goes will live. There will be very many fish, because these waters go there and make the salt water clean. So everything will live where the river goes. Fishermen will stand beside it. They will have places to spread their nets from Engedi to Eneglaim. The fish will be of many kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea. But its wet places and pools will not be good for animal life. They will be left for salt. All kinds of fruit trees will grow on both sides of the river. Their leaves will not dry up, and they will never stop giving fruit. They will give fruit every month because their water flows from the holy place. Their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing.” (Ezekiel 47.8-12 NLV).
The Dead Sea receives water from the “holy place” and suddenly the waters become clean and the fish and the fruit trees are numerous. Jesus specializes in bringing dead things back to life. I know he has done that in my own life. I was dead to the eternal things of God until I found Jesus.
But I also have learned that God will PURPOSELY create an area of lack or “deadness” in each of our lives, especially in the area of the promises that He has given us. Abraham, David, Joseph all had great areas of lack and need in the places God has given them promises. By faith they clung onto the hope of their God-given promises, and God showed up in mighty and miraculous ways!
God must make the lack “deep,” so when He brings life to what is dead, He can fill it up with an ABUNDANCE of His Living Water! No wonder the Dead Sea is also the deepest place on earth! The larger cavity of deadness will demonstrate a greater display of God’s glory! They emptier we are of our strength, abilities and resources, the more we can trust that God will provide His miraculous power and authority over our situations (2 Corinthians 12:9).
God purposely leads us into large areas of need so our obedience will bring us to a place of deep deadness, causing us to trust that God will fill the hollowness He has hewn with His abundance. We can cling onto His faithfulness and be sure that He will fulfill His promises even when they seem dead and buried. The deeper and the deader our promises seem means that God is about to do something supernatural in our lives if we don’t lose hope and keep the faith!
“Abraham did not doubt God’s promise. His faith in God was strong, and he gave thanks to God. He was sure God was able to do what He had promised” (Romans 4.20-21 NLV).