Monday – February 22, 2016
Day 13 – John 7:37-52
Focus: vss. 37-39
“37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”
I was an RA (Resident Advisor) for one year in college. As a bonding experience, all the RAs went on a trip to the nearby Ozarks and took a canoe trip down the Illinois River. The weather was beautiful and the water was calm and clear. I marveled at the trout swimming beside us and the mountains all around as we paddled downstream. We stopped in the middle of our trip to eat a lunch we brought along with us and had a great day.
I bet you, like me, have seen a lot of rivers in your time. We live next to one of the 20 or so rivers in our state. The Illinois River was beautiful and calm but I also think about the St. Lawrence River in upstate New York that leads into Niagara Falls. It’s a wild rushing wonder that displays an awesome force as it goes over the edge and continues downstream. Rivers can create such wonderful imagery in our minds.
Jesus makes a lot of references to spiritual food. We’ve read all about the Living Water and Bread of Life in earlier passages. Here, in John 7:37-38, Jesus talks about rivers of Living Water that shall flow from the heart of the one who comes to Jesus. What is this Living Water? The next verse says Jesus is referring to the Spirit, which had not yet been given but would someday come to all believers. And now it’s someday – Jesus has been glorified and the Spirit has been given.
Did you know that you have rivers of Living Water flowing out of your heart? When Jesus ascended to Heaven after His Resurrection, He told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem (Acts 1) for the promised baptism with the Holy Spirit. I read a Wesleyan Theologian once who said, “Every believer has the Holy Spirit but the Holy Spirit doesn’t have every believer.” What he meant is that the Holy Spirit is promised to every believer but not every believer has submitted to the Spirit’s power and authority in their lives.
Do you seek the power and strength to change your life? Do you continue to struggle with the same sins in your life and never seem to gain real victory? Do you struggle with discovering the will of God for your life and with seeking His guidance for your everyday decisions? You have within you a river of Living Water that flows from your heart. You have the Holy Spirit waiting to be unleashed in your life. The Spirit will never run out so there is no need to use the power sparingly. Let it flow and find the strength and guidance you need.
Prayer Focus: Dear Holy Spirit, fill me with your strength and power. Flow from my heart like a mighty river. Guide me and change me according to God’s will. Help me to fully submit to that will in my life. Amen.