Wherever This Water Flows
The waters of this stream will make the salty waters of the Dead Sea fresh and pure. There will be swarms of living things wherever the water of this river flows. – Ezekiel 47:8-9 (NLT)
In the Spirit, the prophet Ezekiel was given a tour of the temple in Jerusalem. At every juncture along the tour, Ezekiel noticed rising water levels coming from underneath the temple, at its foundation.
When the tour reached an impasse because the rising water had become too deep to walk through, Spirit revealed that the water was actually a river – a river that flowed from the temple depths into the Dead Sea. (The sea is called “dead” because its high salt content prevents macroscopic aquatic organisms, such as fish and aquatic plants from living in it.)
But when the river waters that flowed from the temple reached the Dead Sea, the sea’s salty waters were made pure, and life was generated in the sea of the dead. In fact, Ezekiel saw life in the water and all along the banks of the river wherein the water flowed. Life was generated wherever the waters emanating from the temple flowed.
In this age of post-Christendom, many are questioning the viability of the Church. Changing times always call for changing strategies and structures, but certain things remain consistent. A creation parched by egotism and avarice will always need hydration sources for mental, spiritual, and physical renewal.
Ezekiel’s vision doesn’t point to the temple’s structure but to the ever-flowing value of the temple’s spiritual foundation. Structures rise and fall, but the thirst for the Love and Grace that regenerates the soul is immutable.
Lord help us to see our viability in the eternal flow of your saving grace. Amen.
Kenneth L. Samuel is Pastor of Victory for the World Church, Stone Mountain, Georgia.