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  • Writer's pictureLaura Kae

God is generous, welcoming, and a promise keeper

On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. John 7:37-39 NIV

God is…

  1. generous. I love that rivers flow. The Holy Spirit doesn’t come in drops and trickles unless He/She is being quenched. (The Hebrew uses mostly feminine nouns, pronouns, and verb forms for the Spirit; and now that I know that, it is hard for me to always refer to the Spirit with the male pronoun. It is always important to remember that God is not human; and is therefore neither male nor female or is both.) But to return to my main point, the Spirit comes in generous abundance wherever people have not kinked the hose. When I was on the farm, we would sometimes put a hose in a sharp ‘V’ shape, so that water could not get through. I reckon that is what quenching the Spirit is like.

  2. a promise-keeper. God doesn’t break promises. What God has said will happen will happen. I was destined to have rivers of the Holy Spirit flow through me. Rivers. I was destined to be bold.

  3. welcoming. Whoever is thirsty can come to Jesus and drink living water. We can come and drink in the Holy Spirit. We do not ever need to be parched and lacking. We can have life in abundance, produced by the life-giving water of the Holy Spirit.

Therefore I am….

  1. plentifully supplied. As I have already said, I lack nothing. Rivers, rivers, rivers! Rivers will flow from within me!

  2. confident. I can confidently act on God’s promises. I can know beyond the shadow of a doubt that He will keep every word that He has spoken.

  3. welcomed. I know I can come and drink of the river of life. I can see me now at the river’s edge, bathing in its goodness, relishing its purity, glorying in its sufficiency.

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