9th June 2014

Water Wheels

“That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,”
Ephesians 3.16 (NKJV)

The Krimml Waterfalls have a total height of 380 metres (1,247 feet) and are the highest falls in Austria. These falls are on the Krimmler Ache river and are located near the village of Krimml in the High Tauern National Park in Salzburg state. Nearly half a million tourists go there annually.

Our family visited them a number of years ago and they certainly were spectacular. I soon noticed a feeder river joining the falls to the right of the basin and something there caught my eye. An Austrian carpenter had made a small waterwheel and a life size man, both made out of wood and carefully coloured. The man seemed to be pumping the water in a rather clever way pushing up and down, and round and round went the little wheel. For all the world it looked like the wooden man was doing all the pumping, allowing the water to flow. This was of course an illusion.  It wasn’t the wooden man turning the handle on the wheel at all; it was the force of the flowing water which was doing all the work.

There is an illustration here. I don’t know about you, but in the past I had the concept that I was to use the Holy Spirit (pictured as flowing water in the Bible). But actually it’s the other way round isn’t it?

I know the word ‘use’ is probably not the best choice, but putting it another way, God’s Spirit guides and strengthens us. God’s Spirit is the energiser and we are (just) the recipients. James 2:26 reminds us, “For as the body without the Spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” So when I think of that river I am reminded that although we must be active as Christians, the source of the strength lies with God.

Thank you, Father, for helping us get things the right way round. It’s all about You, Jesus, and the Spirit, and not about us, but we are the most willing recipients of your Grace for which we thank you so much.

Study by Tony Goudie


tonygoudieAbout the Author:
Tony Goudie is the Pastor of the Great Baddow Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God (near Chelmsford).

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Great Baddow
United Reformed church
High Street
Great Baddow

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Tony Goudie
Phone:  01508-498165
Email:  tony_goudie@wcg.org.uk

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