Salt is a wonderful creation. It has so many uses that bless our lives. It is a necessary mineral diverse in its usage and benefits.
We don’t often consider its value because it is so common. Yet, without salt we could not survive. It offers balance between fluid in the cells and fluid outside the cells in our body. It also plays an essential role in nerve and muscle functioning, as well as, controlling our blood pressure.
Salt also enhances flavor and piquancy. However, too much or too little is not healthy. While salt balances things within us, we must also use balance in its usage. 2 Peter 1:6 tells us: “And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;”(KJV) Temperance means self-control, moderation, and balance. Galatians 5:23- Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Salt is also used as a preservative. Psalm 116:6 “The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.” It prevents spoilage and has been used for centuries to preserve foods that bring nourishment to our bodies.
Salt is also used as a disinfectant. It can cleanse wounds and assist in the healing process. It kills the bacteria which can lead to an infection. 2 Kings 2:21 Then he went to the spring of water and threw salt in it and said, “Thus says the Lord, I have healed this water; from now on neither death nor miscarriage shall come from it.”
Salt in Israel is derived form the Dead Sea. Usually, when we think of the Dead Sea, we think of a place without Hope, without life. Yet, we see God’s redemption emerge from the very thing that we thought was hopeless. The Dead Sea was the world’s first health resort.
While we often hear the phrase: ‘it’s like rubbing salt in a wound’ in a negative context, it also brings healing. We don’t always relish rubbing salt in a wound because it will sting and initially cause an increased amount of pain. Yet, it also increases the healing process.
In Mathew 5, Jesus tells us: 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”
So if we are to be salt, we are to bring balance, enhance the lives of others, and assist in destroying the ‘bacteria’ while promoting healing in the healing process…even if it hurts a bit at the onset. By doing so, we also assist in redeeming Hope from an otherwise hopeless situation.
Friends, let our words and actions in times of grief be as salt. Mark 9:50b “Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.” Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer each one.
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