I found myself looking at the meaning of words and phrases this morning. What is understanding since it is such a common word in the book of Proverbs? What is a proverb and a parable? What is a fountain of life?
Ponce de León, according to some received a contract from the King of Spain in 1512 to explore and settle an island called Bimini (now known as Florida) because he believed the native Cubans that it contained a secret hidden Fountain of Youth -drink from it and one would remain young. He did not find it and was called a fool. The mythical fountain of youth is not the same as the Biblical fountain of life.
Psalm 36:6b-9 states, “…O LORD, you preserve both man and beast. How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.” The love of God is the fountain of life.
Jesus revealed the secret to a woman seeking water from a well. “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water… Everyone who drinks this water -you want to draw from Jacob’s well- will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 14:10, 13)