Heaven’s Rivers

And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.”—Revelation 22:1 (NKJV)

As we have seen over the course of the past several days, heaven is a place where our deepest needs and wants will be completely and eternally satisfied. All that we have been created by God to require and desire is awaiting us in abundance in our eternal abode!

We get a continuation of this truth as we come to the last chapter in the Bible, Revelation 22. It’s here that John describes the heavenly scene for us, and at the center of it, as always, is God’s very throne. Keep in mind that the throne of God is at the very heart and center of it. But notice the detail that John gives to us here. He tells us that a river emanates from the base of the throne.

Now, if there’s one thing we all understand as being necessary to our existence it’s fresh water. Without drinkable water, we’re done! You don’t have to watch very many survival programs to see this demonstrated. Every expert will tell you that one of the very first orders of business is securing water for yourself. It’s even more important than food because you can live without food for around 30 days. But water . . . you can survive without it for only around three days. So water—drinkable water—is important.

In heaven, our physical needs will no doubt be different. But isn’t it telling that in God’s heavenly order, He’s placed Himself as the very source of the one resource we recognize as most essential. It’s no mistake that a river of pure and drinkable water runs forth from His physical presence in heaven. The message is as clear as the river itself: The Lord is our source of life!

If you read on in Revelation, you find that this river goes on to produce other things necessary to sustain life: “In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:2 NKJV).

But remember that every life-giving thing in heaven, whether it’s water or fruit, all traces back to God’s throne and His eternal presence, which is the source of all things . . . even eternal life!   

DIG: What is fulfilled in heaven?

DISCOVER: What’s the significance of the river’s location in heaven?

DISPLAY: Allow this image to remind you of your life’s source, and live today with this understanding not only of heaven, but of right now: God is the source of all life; God is the essential sustenance of life.

About the Author

Pastor Dan Hickling

Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.