It’s the “rainy season” in Missouri as I write this. A few days ago, we had nearly six inches of rain in about two hours. And it’s been raining off and on for weeks now.
The ground is fully saturated. Rain water just sits on the surface until it’s high enough to run off into the ditches, streams, rivers, or lakes. It’s so saturated that even the worms are seeking higher ground! It’s “easy pickin’s” if you use night crawlers for fish bait.
Jesus reminds us that the Holy Spirit cannot be secretly squirreled away in the hearts of believers with never a sign that He is there. In fact, the Spirit cannot be controlled but rather spills out of the believer’s life:
Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:37-38)
The Holy Spirit is like rivers of living water, saturating every spiritual fiber of the faithful ones, overflowing their lives as a testimony of Jesus’ promise and providing a channel of blessing to those with whom the believer interacts.