Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. John 7:38
A person’s deep emptiness will only be filled by a relationship with Jesus. Not only will it be satisfied but it will overflow from the reservoir of life that Jesus pours in. That is the meaning of Jesus’ words here. Even on a bad day, a believer’s heart will spill out abundant life. Get that person talking about Jesus and tender words of love will flow.
When I was 30, I sat in a counselor’s office. My mother had just died. Unbelievably just nine months earlier, my husband’s mother also died. We were so young with two young children who would not know any grandmas. My counselor, on my first visit, asked me why I was there. I told him that I just couldn’t lose one more person. I asked him to promise me (on behalf of God) that I wouldn’t face any more impending tragedies. Wisely, he looked at me and said, “The issue is not whether I can promise you a life without more pain. The issue is this ~ When the next thing happens, will you know Jesus in a way where He is enough?” That question registered deeply in my soul and set the course for the rest of my life.
With the tumultuous events happening in our world at this moment, God is, and will be, enough for each of us. No matter how desperate our need is, He is deeper still. The faith that we need to believe that God will strengthen, comfort, and undergird us in order to persevere, is granted to us one moment at a time. If we cling to His promises, they will sustain us even when we can’t see our way ahead.
And finally, the scriptures we have known and thought we understood will take on new dimensions in the days ahead and each one will meet us where faith and unbelief collide. God invites us to swim in the vast ocean of His love and Living Water will carry our tears ~ and our praises.
Father, You are still the beautiful answer to every cry of my heart. Amen