He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’”
How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.
Psalm 1:1-3 (NASB)
I recently read a good devotional post by brother Chris entitled Rivers Of Living Water which inspired todays idea in the comments. In his writing Chris speaks of the great value of the living water that flows from Heaven’s Throne by the work of the Holy Spirit in our life, but the line that grabbed my attention was “We all have rivers of water flowing from us. Is yours crisp, clean and refreshing or is it polluted?” This struck me as a very pertinent question, one that all believers need to ponder deeply.
As I thought of living waters the chosen verse (John 7:38) came to mind, and that “living waters” flow from believers in Jesus. But what if we do not filter our spirit from impurities that cross our path in this world? You don’t have to look far for impurities, they are all around us, tempting us to taste their sweet fruits – yes they are sweet at first, but turn sour with realisation of their cost. Within our human heart lies the vilest of possibilities waiting to be awakened by temptation (Matthew 15:18-19).
Dear reader, if you stand firm, filtering out the impurities that threaten your “rivers of living water,” your waters will remain pristine. Follow the wise words of the first Psalm, not to entertain sin wherever you are, be it when seated, standing or walking. Wash out the impurities with His Word and you will prosper with your roots firmly planted in His streams of living water.