Since hubby and I vacationed in the mountains of N.C a few weeks ago and visited several waterfalls I have contemplated the significance and the effects of rivers. The passage in John comes to mind. I ask myself the question, “what does this mean for me in my everyday life?” …from my innermost being rivers of living water will flow.
Rivers are essential to the balance of all nature and life. Without the flow of rivers there is no life. Consider what it would be like to be so full of God- His power and love - that we just couldn’t contain the effects of Him. We would spill over much like a waterfall with power and strength affecting every one we encountered. I firmly believe Jesus was giving us the inside scoop to our real purpose, our destiny and where we ultimately receive true satisfaction in life.
By divine design, we have a God-imparted need to share with others. God set up a system whereby He pours into us all of Himself and we are to pour back out to others; every gift, every talent, every blessing, every promise manifested, every healing, every freedom, every characteristic and quality He has so freely given us.
Oswald Chambers says it like this in his devotional, My Utmost for His Highest:
A river is victoriously persistent, it overcomes all barriers. For a while it goes steadily on its course, then it comes to an obstacle and for a while it is baulked, but it soon makes a pathway round the obstacle. Or a river will drop out of sight for miles, and presently emerge again broader and grander than ever.
… The river of the Spirit of God overcomes all obstacles. Never get your eyes on the obstacle or on the difficulty. The obstacle is a matter of indifference to the river which will flow steadily through you if you remember to keep right at the Source. Never allow anything to come between yourself and Jesus Christ, no emotion, or experience; nothing must keep you from the one great sovereign Source.
… If you believe in Jesus, you will find that God has nourished in you mighty torrents of blessing for others.