“There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.” Psalm 46:4

The word river is used so many times in the Scripture, to illustrate God’s provision for His people. The Lord placed rivers in the Garden of Eden to provide water.

Moses’ life was saved when his mother placed him in a basked in the river in Egypt, and the princess rescued him. Later God told him to raise his rod over the Red Sea and it parted for the children of Israel to go through on dry land.

Joshua saw a similar miracle when it was time for the children of Israel to enter the promised land. The Jordan river parted to make a safe path for them to cross.

Ezekiel saw a vision of the river of life which would flow out of Jerusalem and bring life wherever it went. On its banks would grow trees for shade and healing. Everything would live wherever the waters reached.

In John 7:38 Jesus said, “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”

We see the river again mentioned in Revelation, as being part of the heavenly city. We sing songs about sitting down by the banks of the river and singing praises to our God.

I am so glad that the Lord has given us His Holy Spirit, a river of life that flows from deep within, and if we are willing to yield our vessels to His control, it will bring life to others.

Prayer: Lord let me be a vessel through which your Holy Spirit flows out to bless others.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

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