What Have You Done With My River?

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God. Psalm 46:4

My river is long, wide, and deep; it brings healing to the nations.  It washes, it’s full of life, it finds low places, the tree of life is on its bank with 12 fruits.  Every thing the river touches lives, because I, the Lord God, I am in the midst of the river.

Some have taken my river and modified it and changed it from life giving to sterile.  You see the river is quiet and deep.  It flows at its own pace and to some it is thought of as boring.  So along the banks of the river, you have taken some of the river, “cleaned it up” and built for yourselves water parks to play in. Instead of moving at my pace, you have become trapped in a vicious cycle of looking for a thrilling rushing ride and trying to make a big splash.

My river is free, your water parks have a price.  My river is full of life, water parks are full of hype, and false excitements.  My river is unpredictable and messy, it finds the lowest places.  Your religion is predictable, safe, devoid of life and purpose.  My river is deep and quiet, while yours is pressurized, pumped up, shallow and requires constant maintenance to keep everything working.

Is your religion contained in a building?  Are you trapped in a vicious circle and not really going anywhere with God. It is time to return to the genuine river.  Ezekiel’s vision of the river has four stages; water to the ankles, to the knees, to the waist, and over your head.  Have you come to the place of having your feet washed?  There is cleansing in the river.  Has the water come up to your knees yet, has the spirit of God affected your prayer life.  So far it’s been easy to maintain self control in the river, have you made it out deep enough that the river begin to swallow you up.  Having the river to the waist is coming to a level of intimacy and the current of the river is pressing you to start a journey.  Have you come to the point where only your toes can touch bottom. The place where you know any deeper and you will loose all connection with the ground and the river has free course with your life to take you where it wants to.  Have you reached a certain point and backed off because of fear of loosing control?

Stand in the way and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it, then you will find rest for your souls. Jeremiah 6:16


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