As the drive would have it….. I pondered the way we persecute each other at times. And I heard His still small voice “your sin is not bigger than Me, the sin of others is not bigger than Me why do you make it so?”
Its our natural tendency to highlight the downfall of others and of ourselves to point out our shortcomings, our failures. Then as I pondered more, I saw ‘the river’ - and I heard Him once more saying “the water loses its power when you remove it from it’s current”… and then I saw the image of someone splashing water on another… Thats what we do you know - we take the truth and splash it on others most days often in an effort to point out their wrongdoing, this isn’t transformative, or revealing, certainly not liberating.
They never see the river they never comprehend it but feel irritated at the splash we douse them with. They see our judgment.
It reminds me of the old saying you can lead a horse to the water but you can’t make him drink. Many days we don’t lead, we can’t make someone know truth, any truth, unless they are ready to receive it and His Spirit reveals it to them...- and on their own, take a dip for themselves. To become fully immersed in the pursuit of truth of God. A splash takes us nowhere, reveals nothing - but to be fully immersed and surrendered, well that’ll take ya places you never dreamed of… He will reveal the truth through His spirit within us.
Thats what He does….not us, we don’t have that power. And the ‘rivers of living water” have no power when we attempt to remove it from its current, from its source.
John 16:12-14 I still have much to tell you, but you cannot yet bear to hear it. However, when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. For He will not speak on His own, but He will speak what He hears, and He will declare to you what is to come. He will glorify Me by taking from what is Mine and disclosing it to you…
John 14:17 the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you do know Him, for He abides with you and will be in you.
John 7:38-39 “Whoever believes in Me, just as the Scripture has said: ‘Streams of living water’” will flow from within him. He was speaking about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive. For the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet been glorified…
Ezekiel 47:9 It will come about that every living creature which swarms in every place where the river goes, will live. And there will be many fish, for these waters go there and the others become fresh, so everything will live where the river goes.
Psalm 46:4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.
John 4:13-14 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Revelation 22:1 The angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.