The drought was finally over. With little or no rain between 2013 and 2016, death was visible everywhere in South Africa. Rivers and streams dried up. Livestock perished. Crops withered on the vine. The people suffered terribly. But when the rains finally came, grass and crops pushed their way through the dry, cracked earth. It wasn’t very long until the country was beautiful again.
That is somewhat a picture of ourselves before we came to Christ — dead, dried up in our sinfulness, desperately needing the Water of Life that only Christ can give. Paul wrote that we were foolish, disobedient, misled, and slaves to our lusts and pleasures. He didn’t stop there. He went on to say that we were full of envy hating one another [Titus 3.3].
The Lord took care of our drought by washing away our sins, that is, giving us a new life through the Holy Spirit [Titus 3.4-5]. We were brought from death to life, and that life is in abundance [John 10.10].
But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit. Titus 3.4-5