There Is a River


The Snake River winds its way through its namesake, the Snake River Valley. As you explore Grand Teton National Park, it becomes like a traveling companion, meeting up with you at most every turn.

The source of this magnificent river is Yellowstone National Park, and along its banks are a great abundance and variety of wildlife who depend on it for life-giving sustenance.

“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.” Psalm 46:4.

A river is not only important for wildlife, but for people, too. The banks of a river provide an ideal location for a city. Its presence means the people will be well supplied with water, which is the source of so much of life.

It is believed by some scholars that the river alluded to in this verse was either the Kidron or the Shiloah, both of which impacted the city of Jerusalem. However, the meaning here is almost certainly figurative, the “river” symbolizing the grace of God.

As a river brings life to a city, the grace of God brings life and hope to the people of God. Divine grace, like a river, brings refreshment and consolation. All needs will be supplied, and during the certain trials that will come upon believers and churches, God’s grace proves all-sufficient.

Are you struggling through adversity today? If so, be assured that God’s grace is available, and that, like a river, will provide all you need to endure. Although God may choose, in His sovereignty and wisdom, to allow you to go through the hardship, be assured that He will accompany you through it, even though you may not sense and feel His presence.

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