Five hundred years before Jesus, Herodotus wrote about a mysterious place with water that rolled back the effects of age and restored youth and vitality to the aged. Ever since his day, explorers have scoured the globe in search of the fountain of youth or the fountain of life. French explorer Ponce de León continued the search in the new world, believing for a while that he found it in what is now called St. Augustine, Florida.
The explorers have all returned home empty-handed, but that doesn’t mean their search was totally in vain, though. The book of Proverbs talks about a fountain of life. It’s not a body of water located on the map, but it is something that preserves life.
“The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.” (Proverbs 14:26). Earlier in the book, we read that “the mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.” (Proverbs 10:11)
There’s a biblical principle: when you follow God’s instructions, you will have full, abundant life (see John 10:10). Even if your time on earth is cut short, Jesus promised another kind of fountain of life. “Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.” (John 11:25-26) He went further and said, “This is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus whom you have sent.” (John 17:3)
Christianity rightly lived often adds to the span of our days on earth—but that is only the beginning. In Jesus, we can truly live forever. How’s that for a fountain of life?