General Superintendent Greetings
PRESSING THROUGH THE WATERS
A while ago, the water pipe in my house burst and my house was flooded. Furniture got wet and things in the house were messed up as the water kept gushing out. I was drenched as I tried to fix the burst pipe. Thankfully, it was only a pipe.
At water theme parks are wave pools where people sit on large floats and subject themselves to the thrill of being carried by the waves. The fastest way to move in the waters is to go with the flow. To experience the water rides, people have to go through the waters. You can’t stay out of the pool and experience the flow.
Ezekiel 47 describes repeatedly how God leads us through the waters. In verse 3, “led me through water that was ankle-deep.”, in verse 4, “led me through water that was knee-deep”, and “led me through water that was up to the waist.”
There are powerful truths that we can glean from this.
The presence of God is found in going through the waters.
God promises to be with us through the storm. He does not watch us from afar. He is with us in our boat. He is with us, leading us through. The key word here is how God “leads” us through the waters. We don’t need to fumble when God leads us. We only need to follow His leading.
Often we think that we are left to face difficulties alone. There are times when we are tempted to scoot off and avoid trouble or skirt around difficult situations. But today, know that God is with you through the good and bad times.
His presence is with us when we go through the waters, when we face challenges. He is Emmanuel, God with us. He never abandons you in trouble. It’s crucial that we recognize His presence is with us. His presence was with Joshua as he crossed the Jordan at flood stage. His presence was with His people as they battled Jericho. God led them every step of the way. He gave them instructions to follow. And as the people of God obeyed, they were in the center of God’s presence, will and plan. Even though they were about to go into battle against the strongest fortress of their day, they obeyed and followed God’s leading.
It’s not going around nor avoiding the obstacles but THROUGH!
The power of God is experienced in going through the waters.
The manifestation of His presence brings His power. As the Israelites faced the mighty Jordan, His power manifested, enabling His people to cross over.
Our challenges are tools that God uses to showcase His power. As powerful as the water currents of the Jordan were, obedience to step into the waters activated the power of God that stopped the waters upstream. As unformidable as the walls of Jericho were, obedience to walk around it in full view of the enemy brought about God’s power of protection and victory!
“God leads us through the waters” is a powerful revelation from Ezekiel 47! We need to go THROUGH whatever stands before us. When we do so, God brings the breakthrough that you need through the manifestation of His power. Where he leads you to, His presence and His power will be, enabling you to overcome your challenges.
The provision of God is actualized in going through the waters.
Ezekiel 47:7-12 tells us that where the waters of God flowed, the salty water became fresh where swarms of living creatures can live. There will be large numbers of fish, fish of many kinds. Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Every month, they will bear fruit because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.
Just reading what the intention of the water is for makes me excited! It’s to bring life wherever it goes!
God is in the midst of our challenges. As His people, God’s presence, power and provision is readily available for us. But we cannot allow fear to inhibit us from entering into the deep. We cannot be bystanders and remain at the side of the river.
The victory at Jericho ushered in a new season for the Israelites. Though they were days of battles, it was days of conquering and becoming a strong nation and people that belong to God.
We are living in unprecedented times, but it’s of no surprise to God. And this is what He tells His church – I am here with you. I am for you and I will use you to bring life to the nations!
Are you ready to follow God’s leading THROUGH the waters to see an unprecedented move of God?