10 A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Cush. 14 And the name of the third river is the Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
Genesis 2:10-14, English Standard Version
There is a River
There are over 100 Bible passages which use the word, "river" in them. I guess that is not so hard to imagine when one thinks of the importance rivers have played in history and commerce. As westward expansion occurred in the USA, cities were built beside rivers, allowing a connection to others by boat and a good water supply for the people.
We have always seemed to have had an attachment to rivers; think of the songs about rivers: Moon River, Way Down Upon the Swanee River, The Red River Valley, etc. Growing up near Lake Michigan, on the shores of Sturgeon Bay in Wisconsin, I developed a great love for bodies of water (especially the ones where you cannot see the other side). Though I love Iowa, I must admit I really miss the water.
I think it will be interesting to see how rivers played an important role in Biblical history. As a matter of fact, the passage above shows us that a river flowed out of the Garden of Eden and then separated into four main rivers. So, even at the very beginning of our world, rivers were shown to be important.
As we shall learn in later devotionals, the River of Life flows from the new Jerusalem. That really is the important river, is it not? Will you be on the River of Life? Only as a new creature who has repented of your sins and cast yourselves at the feet of the Lord Jesus Christ, will you take from that River of Life.
Yes, there is a river, that flows from the throne of God.
God Bless You,