The River of Life

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The River of Life
December 19, 2019

Read: Isaiah 35:1-7

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life . . . flowing from the throne of God. (Rev. 22:1)

A satellite image of the Sahara Desert shows a vast expanse of brown, a sea of sand that looks completely dry and dead. Except for way over on the right-hand edge, where a ribbon of green traces the course of the Nile. Wherever in the desert the waters of the river can reach, there is life.

Isaiah sings of the miracle of life blossoming in dry and barren places. When God comes to his people, it’s as though flower gardens will suddenly spring up in a wasteland. It will be like mountain forests and alpine meadows planting themselves smack in the middle of the desert. You can’t explain how it happens, but it does. God brings life to our dry and thirsty souls. He makes the desert places in our lives bloom with flowers. He heals our brokenness and infirmities.

When John the Baptist was arrested, he sent his disciples to ask Jesus a question. “Are you the one . . . or shall we look for another?” (Matt. 11:3). You can understand John’s discouragement. He thought Jesus was the one to finally bring in God’s kingdom, but there John was in jail, and life with all its misery and injustice just kept going. Go tell John what you see, Jesus replied—how the lame walk and the deaf hear, the blind see, and the lepers are cleansed. The kingdom has come. The kingdom will come. Jesus is the one. —David Bast

As you pray, focus on Jesus.

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