One morning during quiet time, as I was thinking on the theme of this year’s worship conference, I was focusing on what it meant. I took some time to think on the key scripture which is taken from Psalm 65:9;


“You take care of the earth and water it, making it rich and fertile. The river of God has plenty of water; it provides a bountiful harvest of grain, for you have ordered it so.” NLT


The key words for us to focus on are; “The river of God has plenty of water”


Right after that my mind went somewhere else and God showed me something. I saw a river; a big, beautiful, flowing river. I next saw various people from multiple directions, holding buckets, going to the river, filling it as much as they could and then walking back to wherever they came from. Each person who came to the river had a bucket in their hands and they would do the same, fill the bucket as full as they could get it - to then try their best to walk back to where they came from with this full bucket, trying not to spill any water. As I was seeing this play out in my mind I felt a little puzzled but I heard God say, “That’s what my people do. I am everything they need, and I can fulfill every need and desire but they come to me with buckets”.


It immediately reminded me of this scripture where God gave the prophet Jeremiah a challenging yet correcting word for the people of Israel;


“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” Jeremiah 2:13 NLT


A cistern is similar to a bucket, in that it is a tank or container for storing water. Interestingly though, a spring consists of flowing water yielded from an interconnection of underground sources of water. A spring keeps on springing up with water! Springing up with life! Doesn’t that sound like our God?


I believe God is challenging us in this time, truly asking us some questions as we prepare our hearts for the worship conference;


Do we truly believe that God is our eternal source?


What in our lives might be hindering us from laying aside our buckets and JUMPING INTO GOD?


God is available, and ready for us to dive into Him, and I am excited for how He is preparing our spirits to truly walk in the revelation of the truth that the river of God has PLENTY of water.


Prayer: Father, remove anything in me that isn’t of You. Come and fill me up with your living water. Let you be my eternal source. You provide and fill every need. Thank you, Lord for blessing us with Your river of living water. Amen.


Continue to pray for the hearts that are coming to GT Worship Conference.


                                                                                                                        -Lisa Matthews