“For I will pour water on him who is thirsty and floods on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit on your descendants and my blessing on your offspring” (Isaiah 44:3)
The main characteristic of a river is to make a nation fertile. The river quenches the thirst of the people. It enables yield of blessed fruits. Grains grow in the fields. Fishes multiply. Big rivers are used for transportation also.
Rivers are blessed as they quench the thirst of the people. An old Tamil saying goes this way “you can even blame your mother but not water.” The huge cities of the world have been constructed on the banks of the big rivers. The cities of India namely Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa which are well known for their civilisations were located in the plains of Indus Ganges Rivers.
The entire civilisation of Egypt was established on the banks of River Nile. When God beat its water, it turned into blood and hence all the fishes that were in the river died, the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink the water of the river. The Egyptians dug all around the river for water to drink because they could not drink the water of the river.
The heart of man is also filled with thirst. Similar to the thirst in his body, several thirsts rise from his soul also. Some people are longing for love and they look out with thirst whether someone will show love towards them. Some have their thirst for fame. The thirst of some others is over attaining power to govern. The thirst of some people revolves around lusts and worldly pleasures. And they run around as mad people towards the sins of the world.
To quench the thirst of the soul God brings the Salvation itself as a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life (John 4:14). To quench his thirst God commands the rivers with water of life (John 7:37, 38). This tree is an anointed river which originates from heaven. It fills you with new and fresh graces. It brings new fruits into you. Dear children of God, One who fills all in all will fill you with gifts and fruits of the Spirit. Then you will rejoice and say with delight ‘My cup runs over’ (Psalm 23:5).
What all you need to do is to look at the heavenly river every day with thirst and plead “Today, give me a new filling”. Only then you can minister in accordance with the Scripture. When you move across the world as a river of life it will bring many blessings to the people. What does the Bible say about you? “Every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live”(Ezekiel 47:9)
To meditate: “Oh, that you had heeded my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river and your righteousness like the waves of the sea” (Isaiah 48:18).