Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Lent

The River of God

Rivers are often mentioned in the Bible in the figurative sense. For example, they may suggest the provisions of God, his healing power, or the righteousness which He imparts. God spoke through the Prophet Amos:

Take away from me the noise of your songs;
    I will not listen to the melody of your harps.
But let justice roll down like waters,
    and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.   (Amos 5:23-24)

The river of God has a special meaning in the Millennial Reign. The Psalmist wrote:

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.

God is in the midst of her;
she shall not be overthrown;
God shall help her at the break of day.

The nations make much ado, and the kingdoms are shaken;
God has spoken, and the earth shall melt away.   (Psalm 46:5-7)

The Prophet Ezekiel describes the land of Israel during the time of the Millennium:

The Lord brought me back to the entrance of the temple; there, water was flowing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east); and the water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar. Then he brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gate that faces toward the east; and the water was coming out on the south side.   (Ezekiel 47:1–2)

Ezekiel’s vision of the Millenium is reflected in the Apostle John’s vision in Revelation:

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.   (Revelation 22:1-2)

If we will embrace Jesus as Lord, He will provide us with an every flowing stream that guarantees our eternal life with him. Now is the time for us to be certain about our participation in the Millenium. We do not have to wait to get into God’s river. Jesus said to the Samaritan woman at the well:

“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”   (John 4:10)

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