River of Life

from Lynda Lindsey 

The man brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple... The water was coming down from under the south side... the water was flowing from the south side. Ezekiel 47:1-2

...led me through water that was ankle-deep... through water that was knee- deep... water that was up to the waist. ...now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—-a river that no one could cross. Ezekiel 47:3-5

He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Sea. When it empties into the Sea, the water there becomes fresh.” Ezekiel 47:8

When God’s Shekinah glory returns to the temple, a river of life-giving water flows from His throne. Flowing water, not stagnant. Fresh. Potable. Picture it! Water deeper and deeper, higher and higher. Ankle deep, knee deep, waist high, deep enough to swim in, too vast to cross! Rivers of life flowing from the throne of God; blessings of life flowing from the great I AM! Deep, fresh, abundant, an ever widening stream of flowing water. Powerful, life sustaining. And all this takes place in Jerusalem, a city which has no natural river flowing through it! Rejoice, for this picture shows us that our God has no limits. Pure water, mingling with the Dead Sea’s salty water, would render the fresh water useless, but again, God has no limits.

To the fisherman’s great delight, God transforms the briny water into useable, life sustaining water teeming with great varieties and swarms of fish. Trees along both sides of the river will be ever fruitful. God left some of the swamps and marshes salty, ensuring a supply of both water and salt. Water and salt. Both necessary. Both useful. Water, necessary for life and refreshment, satisfies our thirst; yet we drink only to thirst again. Salt, used to season and preserve food, helps maintain human and animal health. Farmers, to provide livestock an adequately supply, even put out salt blocks. Salt enhances taste and makes us thirst again. And so the cycle goes. The day is coming, but is not yet, when God, King over all the world, will once again dwell among us and continuously pour out His blessings in an overflowing river of life.

Jesus, the source of all living water, bids us to come, drink, slake our thirst, and out of the overflow of the Spirit’s goodness be salt and light in a thirsty and dark world. We never thirst again when we drink from Jesus’ fountain, for He is like a spring bubbling up from within, gushing forth eternal fountains of life! As an old Christian folk song says, “There’s a river of life, flowing out through me, makes the lame to walk, and the blind to see, opens prison’s doors, sets the captives free...there’s a river of life flowing out through me!” Deeper and deeper, higher and higher, let it flow!