DayBreaks for 03/20/13 – A River Runs Through You
(Photo by Jakub Sisak.)
John 7:38 (NIV) – Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.
It is fascinating what computer software has done to Bible study! It certainly makes it far faster and easier (in my humble opinion), not to mention that I don’t have to have numerous paper-and-ink books open all over my desktop as I do my study. Just a few clicks and they’re all there, in their own orderly window (my wife told me just today how messy I am when I work, so this is good news!)
One of the best things about Bible study software is that it makes it easy to determine how many times a certain word is used in Scripture (by translation if you wish), what the original root word was and what it meant, and where it is found in each instance. For example, in the NIV, the word “camel” is found nine times. The word “peace” is found 250 times and the word “heart” shows up a whopping 570 times! Generally speaking, the more a word is found, the more important it is as a topic to which we need to pay attention!
Rivers are mentioned 150 times (depending on translation) in Scripture, often as a picture of spiritual life. There is good reason for this: Israel was a desert country, so a river is a physical manifestation of grace. A river is life. We don’t know much about the Garden of Eden, but we do know this — a river ran through it (Genesis 2:10).
If a river flows, life flourishes. But if that river dries up, the life in that river dies.
So it is with us and the Spirit. The first human being was just a pile of dirt until God breathed into him the “breath of life.” (In Hebrew the word for “breath” is the same word used for spirit.) One of the signs that you are in the flow of the Spirit is a sense of God-given vitality and joyful aliveness overflowing in you. If that is not what you are experiencing most of the time, the river in you (the Spirit) may be drying up. You may be “quenching” the life-giving power that comes with the Indwelling of the Spirit.
When the Spirit flows in you, you are given power to become the person God designed. Not only are you given that power, but you actually begin to become the person God meant for you to be.
A river flowed through the Garden of Eden. A “river of life” is mentioned in heaven. And the same River of Living Water flows through you! Roll, river, roll!
PRAYER: Thank you for the life and refreshing that comes from the Spirit you have put within us as your children! Let us drink deeply – and live! And let us be a refreshment to others we meet! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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