- Revelation 22: 1 (NLT)
On Sunday mornings, I find myself anxious to experience the joy of believing God and The Savior in a place which clearly exemplifies the feeling of witnessing the most beautiful river I have ever seen. That river is the River of the Water of Life which is provided only by God the Father and the Son. Many of us will think about the river from the hymn, Shall We Gather at the River. I first remember that hymn from the old Westerns. It was frequently associated with hangings in the town square when the bad guys were caught and punished, old West style. And while that might seem like a gruesome touch, it did make me think of how even the bad guys, if they realized the evil of their ways and asked for forgiveness, could find eternity, for it is never too late to change and believe until after you are already dead. But I'll bet not too many associate it with the Book of Revelation, then one book in the New Testament that many don't like to read or contemplate, but in the last chapter of that book, just as shown above, is the passage about the River Life flowing from the throne of God and the Lamb, Jesus. That river represents salvation through the bathing of the Spirit upon us from that river.
As for us in modern times, the River of Life is wherever Jesus Christ is in your heart. for He is the giver of eternal life. No place is better due to its presentation of peace and hope than the Lord's House, and it is in such a place where we go to worship that the River of Life flows freely. It is so since we all associate attending church with going to God's House to spend time with Him and where would the River of Life be more likely to be reached than in that special place. Again, the River of Life can be found wherever we draw close to God and open ourselves to Him and the Christ through our Holy Spirit connection, but there is something that is super special to me when I walk toward the church door on a Sunday morning, see the doors open in welcome, hear beautiful music and listen to the bell chime. The River of Life is at that moment flowing toward me just as if I was sitting on the bank watching the water flow by.
Whatever your plans for this Sunday morning and wherever you might be, take time to witness the River of Life in the personage of God the Father and Son with the help and guidance of the inner Holy Spirit of God. You will feel better, you will feel closer in your connection to Him and it will truly play its part in making you and life better in harmony. Now go have a blessed Sunday and bask in the sunlight as you admire the beautiful flow of His River.