When I was walking home from the auto shop I was prompted to listen to the Bible starting in Genesis.
When I listened to chapter 2 of Genesis it mentioned the river that flows in the Garden of Eden. The river splits into four river heads and the names of them are:
Pison – “increase”
Gihon – “bursting forth”
Hiddekel/Tigris – “rapid”
and Euphrates – “fruitfulness.”
‘Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads. The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes around the whole land of Cush. The name of the third river is Hiddekel; it is the one which goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.’Genesis 2:10-14
And if you go back up to read verses 5-6 it says;
‘Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground.’Genesis 2:5-6
You can see that it wasn’t rain that watered the garden and made it thrive but it was the streams of living water that did.
Being out here in South California has shown me that if it doesn’t rain then the streams and rivers will not flow and the water will dry up. To the world that makes sense but the Lord said,
‘See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen,’Isaiah 43:19-20
The Lord provides the streams of provision, not the rain, or the clouds but it is only the Lord who supplies.
And if you think about it, even if you do see clouds in the sky it doesn’t mean that it will rain. But if you hear the sounds of rushing water there’s no doubt that a stream is there.
For example, The Lord’s provision doesn’t always go by what we can see and expect, ‘I see rain clouds so I expect rain.’ But it’s always by what we hear and know. I hear running water so I know a stream/river is nearby. You usually hear streams before you see it.
‘So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.’Romans 10:17 NKJV
And let’s face it, it doesn’t always rain when you see rain clouds.
‘Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.Hebrews 11:1 NKJV
All this to say that the this message and my time with God today made me realize that even if there isn’t a cloud in the sky the Lord will still provide streams in the desert and in the desolate places. Streams by the name of increase, rivers that will burst forth, rapidly, and living water that will cause the land to be fruitful.
I also wrote a Poem about please click here to read it -> Streams in the Desert