Proverbs 21:1-2 (AMP) The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it whichever way He wishes. Every man’s way is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs and examines the hearts [of people and their motives].
Living in the county, hot summer days send people to the river to soak and float along while others don jet skis and go tubing behind speeding boats. I love the water. I am not much for the fast life but love to float along a lazy river made by God or man. There is something about the breeze that cuts across the flowing water to touch your face as the sun shines down. Water is refreshing. It is restorative. It renews. Like fresh cut grass after an afternoon shower seems to stand a bit taller as if to touch the clouds for more, the Lord provides water to us physically and emotionally but we need living water for our soul as well.
The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord…
There is a small succulent garden in my dining room. Comprised of plants leftover from a Mother’s Day event over a year ago. Poor things. Gathering them up to bring them home, I felt pity on them. I am a notorious plant killer with a black thumb yet good intentions. This morning as I sprinkled water on them, I realized they are thriving under my care yet I still tell people of my past life of plant homicide. Just outside the window are hydrangeas, my favorite flower which I also planted which live today. They are different than the picky succulents who only desire a bit of water every now and then. Hydrangeas love wet soil and humidity. They avoid direct sunlight and prefer just a bit of sunshine.
Some people are like succulents and others like the hydrangeas depending on one’s preference. While some prefer the Son and others the Spirit – it is clear there must be a balance to flourish in the Kingdom of God. The Word of God tells us clearly that true worshippers must do so in Spirit and in Truth. As I read the passage in Proverbs today, I think of God as a gardener of our heart and tender of the stream started within us. There are times when it is necessary to pour the “channels of water” flowing deep within our heart over His Mighty Hand. If the water is not living, it becomes stagnant. This is true for every believer. We must allow God to examine the contents of our heart and direct the flow accordingly.
He turns it whichever way He wishes.
John 7:38 (AMP) He who believes in Me [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Me], as the Scripture has said, ‘From his innermost being will flow continually rivers of living water.’”
If the water within us is not moving, changing, and transforming, it is probably not flowing through the Hand of God. Human preference and insecurity calls for control. God, I will give you this part of my heart but the depths of it are reserved for me. To abandon our whole heart to God and the mighty rushing water that is living in us would be disastrous for pride sake. It would level the stronghold of self and make us completely vulnerable to His Current today. I am ready. I am longing to be renewed, restored, and revived by God even if that means His Hand turning me whichever way He wishes. Drowning in a drought is possible when our heart becomes hard and living water bounces off of it.
Every man’s way is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs and examines the hearts [of people and their motives].
Proverbs 4:23 (AMP) Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.
Change is unsettling. Chasing God produces churning deep within our heart to allow ourselves to get carried away with Him… we may respond but for a moment. When trust is necessary and faith seems small, it is only natural to try rope back in the river flowing too deep. Exposing the parts too ugly for human eyes, but desired by God for healing and restoration. Our heart and its motives are vital in maintaining and thriving in our relationship with God. We cannot let it go untouched. Religiosity can become the comfortable control some Christians rely on rather than abandoning their heart to the Lord. There is a difference in doing and being undone. I can change my habits and miss His Commands. I can discipline my body and let my heart remain hard. I can love like the world and never experience true love. I can make it to the end but if my heart does not endure in its pursuit and reckless passion for the Living God – I have nothing at all.
Proverbs 23:26 (AMP) My son (and daughter), give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways…
Dearest Son and Daughter of the Living and Loving God – give Him your heart today. Again and again. Thrust the beating mass within you to its Creator for renewal, restoration and revival. Living water is a key component in becoming who God created us to be. One of the most uncomfortable things for me in going on the water is my appearance. That’s right. Vanity keeps me from fully immersing myself in the water because I hate looking like a drowned rat for the rest of the day. Maybe that is our problem with going deep into the depths with the Lord. We don’t like what we will see. We want to stay in control. We are afraid of drowning or worse what others might think. The Father invites us today to give Him our heart in its entirety. I picture Him holding it, gently cleansing it, washing all the dirt off, and massaging it in His Hands to rejuvenate our faith and hope again. He is a Good God. His Love for us relentless. The river running through us is Living Water that has the power to change us and transform us into a tree of life. One that will be rich and satisfied with the ability to offer something to a dry and thirsty world.
John 4:10 (ESV) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”