Think back. A few years ago we were warned that the days we’re living in were coming. Suicide rates are high for kids. The reason is they see no hope. The truth is trampled over in the street. This is good news for us today. We should do all we can to keep the river flowing. Regardless of what comes we need to trust God. That river keeps flowing to those who are thirsty. Pray that you and I won’t get in the way of the Holy Spirit flowing in our lives.
I remember mom used to make us come inside from playing to watch Billy Graham crusades on television. It affected me as a child. Mom was letting the River of God flow through her and we were caught in the middle of it. The power of God birthed us into the family of God and instilled in us a river that we can share with others. Meeting together as a church helps keep it flowing.
John 7: 37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
Jesus and the disciples went into Jerusalem for the feast. Jesus went with Joseph and Mary as a child. When he stepped into his ministry he kept obedience to the Law. On the last day Jesus spoke. On the 8th day the priests poured water on the altar. This was the crowning day, the great day. He poured an offering of water. In an arid country water was precious. The prayer was given for the crops and the land that God would send the needed rain for a good harvest.
We’re in a draught. It’s not of water but of hearing the Word of the Lord. There are good radio stations on which the Word can be heard through preaching, teaching and singing. You can see that most people are not listening as you see them in their cars. If people would only listen they would hear the Word.
On this feast day Jesus stood and said if any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He wasn’t speaking of literal water. The people knew that Jesus revealed their spiritual condition. It was likened to thirst. People today are discouraged because they are trying to satisfy the soul’s thirst with sin. I’m glad to be saved. Jesus said if any thirst they are to come to him. He said come unto me, and drink. Come every day. Come to him in your thirst not your fullness. Come with the need for renewal knowing there is nowhere else to go. We can drink. Verse 38 says He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. This is a continual believing. Not only will thirst be quenched, a river will spring up out of us to give to others. We can have our thirst quenched AND have enough to help others.
Are we coming to the river as often as we should? God wants us to help others around us. If Jesus can get us wet all over, we can give our friends, family and co-workers over to Jesus and they can be drenched. I’d like the Lord to pour it all over me.
What are we doing with the river? Is it frozen or dammed up? Has the spigot been turned off? A pond has water that comes in and has no outlet. Without flowing, the water gets stagnant and stinks. We don’t have a pond to keep to ourselves. We have a river and it is needed by all those downstream from us. Don’t make a pond and try to hold it back. Jesus is best enjoyed when you share him with someone else. Pray that you’ll be a fountain, a river. People can be saved from dying of thirst when they come to Jesus. Discover what is holding your river back and take care of it today.