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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

"A Place of Broad Rivers and Streams"

“The glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams.”  Isaiah 33:21

(This devotion is taken from Charles Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening.)

    Broad rivers and streams produce fertility and abundance in the land.  Places near broad rivers are remarkable for the variety of their plants and their plentiful harvests.  God is all this to His Church.  Having God she has abundance.  What can she ask for that He will not give her?  What want can she mention which He will not supply?  “In this mountain shall the Lord of Hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things.”  Want ye bread of life?  It drops like manna from the sky.  Want ye refreshing streams?  The rock follows you, and that Rock is Christ.  If you suffer any want, it is your own fault; if you are straitened, you are not straitened in Him, but in your own bowels.  Broad rivers and streams also point to commerce.  Our glorious Lord is to us a place of heavenly merchandise.  Through our Redeemer we have commerce with the past; the wealth of Calvary, the treasures of the covenant, the riches of the ancient days of election, the stores of eternity, all come to us down the broad stream of our gracious Lord.  We have commerce, too, with the future.  What galleys, laden to the water’s edge, come to us from the millennium!  What visions we have of the days of heaven upon earth!  Through our glorious Lord we have commerce with angels; communion with the bright spirits washed in blood, who sing before the throne; nay, better still, we have fellowship with the Infinite One.  Broad rivers and streams are specially intended to set forth the idea of security.  Rivers were of old a defense. Oh! beloved, what a defense is God to His Church!  The devil cannot cross this broad river of God.  How he wishes he could turn the current, but fear not, for God abideth immutably the same.  Satan may worry, but he cannot destroy us; no galley with oars shall invade our river, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.

Study verses:  John 7:38, 39; Matthew 7:11; Luke 11:13; Deuteronomy 6:10-13; Joshua 23:14; Psalms 103:1-5; Proverbs 28:10; Jeremiah 5:25; Ephesians 5:25

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Previous devotions

"Salesmen of Freedom" - August 4, 2010
"They Had Been With Jesus" - July 21, 2010
"He Healed Them All" - July 14, 2010
"Faith In America" - July 7, 2010
"Slow To Anger; Great In Power" - June 30, 2010
"He Is Precious" - June 23, 2010

"The Fire of Strife" - June 16, 2010
"The Common Man" - June 9, 2010
"In My Prosperity I Said I Shall Not Be Moved" - June 2, 2010
"Cast Thy Burden Upon The Lord" - May 26, 2010
"God, That Comforteth Those That Are Cast Down" - May 19, 2010
"The People That Do Know Their God Shall Be Strong" - May 12, 2010
"A Tribute To My Mother" - May 5, 2010
"Criticism" - April 28, 2010
"Six Principles For Daily Living" - April 21, 2010
"Faith Through Trial" - April 14, 2010
"We Admire" - April 8, 2010

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