side-by-side photos of a rushing stream and a dry stream bed

Photos taken near Yampa, CO by Robin Lybeck

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.

Too much, too little
abundance, need,
God is contained in each.
It’s we who are dissatisfied,
perfection out of reach.

God’s river flows in flood, in drought,
He’s found within extremes.
He’s found whenever we reach out,
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.

We cannot disconnect from Him,
all life is in God’s river!
Mercy, grace, redemption, peace,
from God Himself, the giver.

Read His word, then pray, confess,
fill your mind, your heart, your soul!
He’ll change you as He leads you,
by your side where ’ere you go.

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 take on the additional burden that I am doing something wrong to cause it. The source might be me. If it is, the Holy Spirit will guide me into confession and repentance. But if the source is from the world in an attempt to turn me away from God, or from the devil himself causing me to doubt God, I can remember this verse. I can take heart that Jesus has overcome the world already! I can turn to Him and ask to be shown the way I should go so that I can have the peace He promises.

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To God alone be all the glory!