Scripture encouragement: John 16:33

“It’s All God’s River”

Cascading, pounding, rushing waters,
overflowing bounds,
uncontained, unexpected,
unwelcome, flooding, drowned.

Parched and thirsty, shrunk, and stagnant
flowing not at all,
abandoned, lonely, lost and stranded,
“Why, Lord, why?” we call.

God’s river flows in flood, in drought,
not only if life is serene.
We find him whenever we reach out,
to embrace His Son, our King.

It’s God’s river that carries us always,
through this life and onward still,
connected to His endless love,
through Jesus Christ, it is His will.

©Poem by Robin Lybeck

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

Why this Scripture encourages me…

It is the complete honesty of this promise Jesus made to his disciples that encourages me. Jesus does not promise us a problem-free life. So when trials come along, I don’t have to assume I am being punished for something that I have done outside His will. If the source is me, the Holy Spirit will let me know, and then guide me to confess and repent. But the source could be rooted in the world, tempting me away from God. Or, the source could be the devil himself causing me to doubt God. Whatever the source, I can bring this verse to mind and take heart that Jesus has overcome the world already! I can turn to Him, ask to be guided by Him and then follow as He leads, trusting Him. He will be with me for as long as the trial endures until the peace He promises dawns again.

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Image: photo taken by Robin of the Colorado River near Kremmling, Colorado.

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