As we drove through the desert it hit me: this is what Ezekiel 47 is talking about!
In the desert there is NOTHING! No life, no vegetation, no animals, no people… nothing! All we could see was sand. The desert scene, beautiful in a unique sort of way, seemed to stretch as far as the eye could see. Of the 997 sq. km. of land, 97% of Egypt is desert; only 3% is arable land. The vast majority of its people live along the banks and the delta of the Nile river.
After driving for about one hour through the desert, we suddenly saw it: the lush green, fertile land, home to a village of farmers. There, on the banks of the Nile, is abundant vegetation, with crops of corn, wheat, potatoes, beans, mangos, guava, dates, eggplant, and other produce. Wherever the river flows, there is life!
This is the picture of Ezekiel 47:4-12. There is a river that flows from the Temple, and wherever the river flows there is life, healing, vegetation, fruitfulness, productivity, and abundance of every type. The contrast is not, as I had always imagined it, between some life and more life, but between nothing at all and abundant life!
Paul says that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19), and Jesus says that if we are filled with the Spirit, out of our innermost being will flow rivers of living water (John 7:37-39).
The passage from Ezekiel 47 is a picture of us! We are the carriers (conduits) of this water that brings life. Wherever we go, releasing Him through us, we turn deserts into fruitful valleys. Where there seems to be no life at all, our presence brings healing, hope, restoration, fruitfulness, and abundant life.
Let the river of the Spirit flow from your life. Don’t let the dry places intimidate you, because even if they are dry and dead, the water you carry can transform them into abundant life.
Dr. Chiqui Polo-Wood | All Rights Reserved 2015