Fouling Rivers

There has been a lot of concern in recent years about fouling streams, rivers, ponds, even the oceans. There is good reason apparently for this concern. There are some rivers that we should be very concerned about the fouling of their waters. In contaminating bodies of water, people may be harmed by polluted water or deprived of safe drinking water. In the rivers we are thinking of in this article, polluting them could cause people to avoid drinking the most needed and most satisfying water that could be found anywhere. Jesus spoke of these rivers in John 7:38-39, “He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly (innermost being; heart) shall flow rivers of living water (but this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive…).” The Holy Spirit flows into and out through the saved person’s life. He channels the rivers of God’s Truths, the Word of God, into us and out through us. In Verse 37, Jesus explains the means for this to happen. He gives three key verbs that start the flow. Thirst, come and drink! Now the problem is that sin and inconsistency in our lives muddies the waters and as others look at what should be pure and desirable water, they see the pollution and it kills their appetites. What a tragedy it would be, if we should cause someone to not want to drink this water! How wonderful when it flows through us, crystal clear, cool, sparkling and offers its life-giving qualities completely uncontaminated! How well John W. Peterson, in the hymn “Springs of Living Water,” describes the blessings of this pure water, “I thirsted in the barren land of sin and shame, and nothing satisfying there I found; but to the blessed cross of Christ one day I came, where springs of living water did abound. Drinking at the springs of living water, happy now am I, my soul they satisfy; drinking at the springs of living water, O wonderful and bountiful supply!” Selah! Would we offer someone a drink of dirty water? Of course not! Why, then, would we offer someone polluted Spiritual water?   Ron

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