“And He shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life…and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:1-2). There is a river flowing from the throne of God through Heaven. It’s what this river represents that we want flowing through our families and our homes. This river is in Heaven, and Heaven is eternal. That means this river must be eternal, limitless, and endless. It is a forever flowing river. And wait until you see what is flowing forth from Heaven that will help our homes catch but a taste of Heaven.
Like everything else in Heaven, this river is pure. What God will give to our homes will be perfect, pure, and sufficient. This river waters the tree of life, which brings forth healing for the nations. If we are saved, God has made us pure spiritually and He has healed us spiritually. Now, if we are obedient, this perfect, pure, and sufficient river can certainly heal our homes. This will become clearer as we see what God has for us on Earth in endless supply to foster a heavenly home.
Water is powerful. Rivers can change the landscape. Water can clean. Water can purify. Water can give life. Water can sustain life. Water can satisfy a thirsty person on an extremely hot and humid day. Water can cool us down. Water simultaneously spared the Israelites while killing the Egyptians in the Red Sea. Water in the Bible has been figurative to stand for salvation and the life of potential benefits that await the serious minded Christian. It is this sentiment that we begin looking at the water Jesus has to offer us, and where that leads afterward.
In Chapter Four of John’s gospel, we see Jesus at the well speaking to the woman. As she baked in the hot sun, and drew some water to drink, Christ offered her water that would never leave her thirsty ever again: “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14). Whether this water has its literal source in the pure endless flowing river from the throne of God, I can’t make a definitive statement, but everlasting life is a pretty hefty supply source. Everlasting is another way to say eternal. So, once saved, we have eternal life. But, once we become a serious minded, obedient Christian, we can enjoy multitudes of endless (eternal) benefits that will not leave us parched and panting for what this world offers. After all, this world tells us we should hunger and thirst after more and more and that we should feed our insatiable appetite for material goods…Christ says otherwise.
Christ understands our innate fleshly desire to have more and more. That’s why He said in John 10:10, “…I am come that they might have life and that they may have it more abundantly.” So if we have this river springing up within us, Christ said that qualifies us now to have life more abundantly (John 10:10) and beyond what we are even able to imagine (Ephesians 3:20). Now this life of abundance is not so much physical, as we can’t have varying degrees of abundance or lack of abundance with regard to life, for we are either physically alive or we are physically dead. No, this speaks to the limitless possibilities of our spiritual life. So what things are available in abundance to make our homes better?
Peace: In Psalm 37:11, we find that it is possible to have peace in abundant measure: “But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the ABUNDANCE OF PEACE.” But it doesn’t come by accident. An abundance of peace in the home comes from a willingness to exercise meekness. Meekness is power that is under control. We want what we want, but if we submit to God’s authority, we will be at peace with Him and with everyone else in the home.
Truth: In a prophetic promise from God to Jeremiah to restore Israel and Judah, God told Jeremiah, “Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the ABUNDANCE of peace and TRUTH” (Jeremiah 33:6). Jesus said that He was the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). Jesus also said that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). Jesus went on to say that He was the bread of life (John 6:35). Jesus is the Word (John 1:1). So the emphasis is on learning God’s Word and gaining an abundance of that truth in our lives with which to live obediently. How can we submit to God’s authority and have abundant peace, if we are ignorant of what it is God desires of us? In the Garden of Gethsemane, Christ prayed to the Father for His disciples to grow spiritually. That needs to be our prayer for each member of our families. Study God’s Word.
Spiritual Knowledge: Matthew 13:12 contains a promise from Christ to His disciples as He explained why He speaks parables: “For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.” This verse is basically saying that any saved individual (and individuals make up families) has a measure of faith, and they can be shown more and more truths from God’s Word. This is the progression from milk to meat to strong meat that is spoken of by Paul and Peter in their epistles. Again, we want to have abundant peace by submitting to God’s authority, but God demands obedience to His principles and precepts. We study God’s Word to get an abundance of truth, but this is cumulative over time, and we can be shown more and more truth, as we build precept upon precept (Isaiah 28:10) and soon we will amass an abundance of spiritual knowledge. Knowledge is powerful and liberating.
Grace: The Bible says, “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one (Adam); much more they which receive ABUNDANCE of GRACE and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:17). At the time of salvation, God made available to us an abundance of grace. If that has dried up in the life of you and your family, it isn’t because God ran out. You just built such a wall between you and God that it dammed up that river that represents the ceaseless provision of spiritual needs from the throne of God to us! “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). Pray much? Is it too discouraging to try to approach God’s throne of grace with that big wall you created and now need to do something with? God promises to be there and give us an opportunity to ask God directly for His grace when we need it the most. Trying to navigate you family through this world without even approaching God for help is silly…maybe even ludicrous! Fear the fate of your family if you go it alone and trust only in yourself. Remember…that’s ludicrous! If you would stop being so proud, God will give you His grace (James 4:6; 1st Peter 5:5). God begs you to grow in grace (2nd Peter 3:18). If your family knew better, they’d beg you too.
Joy: Afflicted people are not usually a joyful people. Afflicted people sometimes focus on their own sorrows to the neglect of the sorrow of others. Yet in 2nd Corinthians 8:1, Paul explains that the way afflicted Christians in Macedonia demonstrated the grace of God was by helping others…in their affliction. What did it result in? “How that in a great trial of affliction the ABUNDANCE of their JOY and deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality” (2nd Corinthians 8:2). Want to have abundant joy in your home? Begin focusing on the plight of others and start giving as God leads you. It is way more blessed to give then to receive (Acts 20:35). If you start to help a family less fortunate than yourself, you will quickly become a thankful person for what you have, and that should help you appreciate God more, thereby getting you to begin to love God more. Once we love God more, we will want to obey Him more, and obedience brings blessings. See how this is all intertwined?
So what am I trying to say? There is an endless river flowing from God’s throne that represents God’s endless supply of spiritual blessings and spiritual provisions. I take that to mean that there is an abundance of spiritual needs at the ready to help us make our homes a heavenly place. We can have an abundance of peace by submitting to God’s authority through meekness. We can have an abundance of truth as we study God’s Word. This study will help us amass an abundance of spiritual knowledge. Once we learn what we are lacking, we can take utilize the abundance of grace we received when we got saved, and approach God’s throne for the needs of our families. An abundance of joy will come from helping people, which in turn will make us a more thankful people and help us to appreciate all the God has done for us, leading us to love Him more. This is a five part cycle that can repeat itself and its intensity can be amplified each time through.
So that’s what I make of the river flowing from the throne of God. It’s an endless supply of spiritual water for the soul. The Psalmist proclaimed, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God” (Psalm 42:1). I don’t know how better to state it than that! So many of our families are parched, arid, and thirsting! Yet we drink from the world’s wells that only leave us momentarily satiated. We find ourselves thirsty again and drinking from the world’s cisterns again, all too soon. There’s poison in the world’s wells. The god of this world has polluted them over multiple sinful generations. Oh that we would drink from the pools of God’s pure Heavenly waters…and come to appreciate the fact that we will not thirst again.