Saturday, November 1, 2014
Are You In the Flow? Triplets of Love, Light, and Living Water
Are you “in the flow?” When athletes, artists, or speakers experience a peak performance, they often refer to that as being “in the flow.” All of us have enjoyed those rare days when everything seems to flow smoothly, from not hitting any traffic lights, to finding the perfect parking space, to accomplishing our daily goals effortlessly, joyfully, and without obstacles.
In the Bible, the word “flow” describes an ongoing supply of blessings. The Promised Land flows with milk and honey (Exodus 3:8,17; 13:5; 33:3, etc.), and spices flow from His garden of delights (Song of Solomon 4:16). Waters flow at God’s command (Psalm 147:18) to refresh His people (Jeremiah 18:14), and God’s wisdom is like a flowing brook (Proverbs 18:4)
When God redeems His people, they will flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil (Jeremiah 31:12), All nations will flow into God’s house in the Millennial Kingdom (Isaiah 2:2; Micah 4:1).
Like all blessings, being in the Divine flow is a gift from God. It results from handing over our cares and burdens to Him (Matthew 11:28-30; 1 Peter 5:7); yielding to His Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:16-19), and trusting Him to work all things together for good (Romans 8:28). Experiencing the Divine flow is possible only for those who are born again (John 3:3-8) by placing our faith in Christ’s death, burial and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) as the only Way to Heaven (John 14:6).
God’s Triune nature is reflected in so many aspects of His character, attributes, and creation, as we have discussed before. The Divine flow is also expressed in triplets of love, light, and living water streaming abundantly from His radiant Being. These surround us in a nurturing, illuminating, outpouring fountain of Himself.
When I think of how God reveals Himself through His creation, through His relationship to us, and through the lives of His fully yielded children, a unifying theme is His freely flowing energy that guides us, saves us, and cleanses us. His self-sacrificing love (John 3:16) gives us eternal, abundant life (John 10:10); His Word is the light that shows us the way (Psalm 119:105); and He is the fountain of Living Water Who has forever cleansed us from our sins (Jeremiah 17:13).
Because God is love (1 John 4:8), light (1 John 1:5), and Spirit (John 4:24), we are commanded to walk in love (Ephesians 5:2), to walk in the light (1 John 1:7; Ephesians 5:8), and to walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16,25). The Holy Spirit in Scripture is often symbolized by water, as in the rivers of living water that flow from anyone who believes that Jesus is the Son of God (John 7:38).
John the Baptist noted the transition that would occur from his baptizing believers with water to Jesus Christ baptizing with the Holy Spirit. In the baptism of Jesus, He arises from the water as the Spirit descends on Him, the light of Heaven shines upon Him, and the Father announces His love for His Son (Matthew 3:16-17; Mark 1:8-11; Luke 3:21-22).
Before God even spoke His first recorded command, “Let there be light,” (Genesis 1:3), the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2). God described the light and all the rest of His creation as “good,” reflecting His loving nature in designing His creation to be solely good and not evil.
God hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding (Jeremiah 51:15-16). Although Satan is now the prince of the power of the air Ephesians 2:2), God retains His control over all His creation, including the rain, lightning, and wind (Jeremiah 10:12-13). We have all experienced His infinite power in torrents of rain flowing from Heaven, lightning bolts transforming electrical energy to light, heat and sound, and wind, which, like the Spirit, is invisible but known by its effects (John 3:8).
We appreciate being “in the flow” as we praise God for His power and His wisdom, but especially for His love. We know God only because His love flows from us to one another (1 John 4:7-21), and the world knows we are Christians only when our love flows to them. God commands us to love Him with all our heart, soul, and strength (Deuteronomy 6:5), and Jesus said we are to love Him with all our heart, soul, and mind (Matthew 22:37). Loving God means to fear Him, to walk in all his ways, and to serve Him with all our heart and soul (Deuteronomy 10:12). Our faith in Christ leads us to love Him, which leads God the Father to love us as His children (John 16:27).
We cannot imagine the depths of God’s love and the rewards He has planned for us, for they cannot compare with anything we have seen, heard, or longed for in our hearts (1 Corinthians 2:9). When we love God, Who first loved us and saved us, we can experience His love pouring over us like the flowing melody of joyful music. Zephaniah 3:17 tells us that God will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing!
Praise God that His love flows from all three Persons of the Trinity: the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost (2 Corinthians 13:14). Praise God that His perfect love flowing through us washes us from fear (1 John 4:18), bathing us instead in power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). May we delight in the flow of His love, light, and living water, as we will continue to discuss next week!
© 2014 Laurie Collett