One summer, I went white water rafting near Bend, Oregon. The river was crystal clear and bone-chilling cold which was a relief for that hot summer day. At one point, we came to a fork where another river joined ours, and the river got wider and more robust. It made for great rapids to ride. While I enjoyed my time, my heart reflected on today’s passage. Jesus wants rivers of living water to flow from our hearts.
He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’
Source of Hope
This is one of the verses that should give every believer hope. Jesus promises that rivers of living water will flow from our innermost being if we believe in Him. That makes me think of Ezekiel 47, where water flows out from under the temple and keeps getting deeper as it goes. That living water is more than just life. It brings with it joy, peace, and purpose. Every disciple should be fountains of joy wherever they go.
If you’re not experiencing that life or joy, something may be blocking those rivers. There is a dam that is stopping the flow of the Holy Spirit. Usually, the culprit is some sin for which you haven’t repented. When you don’t confess your sins, you slowly start to build a wall between you and God. Fortunately, 1 John 1:9 says that if you confess your sins, they will be forgiven.
Rivers of Living Water
Jesus intends for you to live a life full of the Spirit. From there, all the fruits and gifts will be manifested. If that isn’t evident in your life, take the necessary steps to make it right. Wipe the slate clean and begin to fill your heart with the Word of God. It will turn the tide, and you will start to feel closer to God. The power to resist temptation will be there, and your eyes will focus more on what God has for you.