Greetings to the thirsty people of God.
Ezekiel’s vision of the future temple (Ezekiel 47) describes life-giving waters that will flow from under the doorway of the temple eastward to the Dead Sea. The farther this water flows, the deeper it gets. As Ezekiel followed its path, he reported that the water increased from ankle-deep to knee-deep, to waist-deep, until it finally became an overflowing deep river (deep enough to swim in) that provided life everywhere it went and to everything it touched.
This is a beautiful, elegant description of how the Holy Spirit works in the lives of those who surrender to God’s mercy and grace. At first, God’s gracious supply is a small stream flowing through our lives, but it continues to increase as we continue to walk in the light of God’s Word. As water is critical for a desert to bloom, so God’s spiritual water is critical for every believer to become all that God intends them to be. The Holy Spirit brings us wisdom, power, and spiritual transformation that will last forever. The flow of God’s Spirit gets deeper and deeper for those who seek Him and walk with Him. His water is available for any who surrenders to Him.
This is echoed in Christ’s words of John’s Gospel Chapter 7 saying, “All who are thirsty should come to me! All who believe in me should drink! As the scriptures said concerning me, ‘Rivers of living water will flow out from within him’”. With the Samaritan woman of John 4, Jesus says: “but whoever drinks from the water that I will give will never be thirsty again. The water that I give will become in those who drink it a spring of water that bubbles up into eternal life”
In Revelation 22, John’s vision of heaven declares, “Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit,[a] with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations.”
Water is a necessity of life. Scripture encourages us to desire the vitalization that only the Holy Spirit brings, and will be part of our future eternal life. ‘Come to the Water’ Let the River flow!
“LORD, help us to become completely immersed in Your river of eternal life this day.”