Revelation 22:1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.
At three he clipped coupons from the paper and pretended they were money. At five he drew pictures and sold them to his parents. At eleven he walked himself to the bank and opened his first savings account. These behaviors were not taught to my husband, Scott.
The first time he played Monopoly, Scott knew that he had been given a natural inclination toward and proclivity for money management. Finance comes easy to him because it isn't just something he does. It's something that simply flows out of the way he was hard wired by God.
This morning is the last chapter in the last book of the Bible, Revelation 22. As the Holy Spirit inspired John to write, God the Father knew this would be His last written word to all mankind. I want to drink in every syllable because it seems there must be an extra measure of significance here.
So what is God's final word to His people? Water. Not just any water. Living water that flows from the throne of God.
This Living Water has been forsaken (Jeremiah 2:13). This Living Water has been offered to the most ordinary, sinful people (John 4:10). This Living Water flows from the throne of God because it is His essence.
God created a universe, a planet and a people. God wrote a book. There is only one reason. Redemption.
Before Scott knew Christ, he worshipped at the throne of money. He allowed a natural gift given to him by God alone to become an obsession that consumed his thoughts and actions. The longer he worshipped this god, the emptier his life became. His life became a barren waste land filled with cars, houses, bank accounts and zero satisfaction.
God knew that every one of us would worship at the throne of gods that promise happiness but end in hell. Yet before He even made us, he devised a way to redeem His people back to Himself. Living Water will quench the desires which rage inside us. Living Water satisfies.
Jesus, You sit at the right hand of Father, pouring out Living Water on the people You have created. Over twenty years ago is splashed all over me. I thirst for You, Jesus, because You satisfy by longing heart. Today may I offer others the most precious gift - a glass of crystal clear Living Water.