The source (beginning) of the Nile River is just a few minutes from where we stay here outside Jinja.
The Nile is a powerful river that flows more than 1,600 miles north from Uganda through Sudan and Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea. The river is deep, wide and long.
Anna Poindexter, a single young lady from Colorado mentioned at our home church gathering this afternoon how she was standing by the mighty Nile when the Spirit brought to her mind how God’s love is like the Nile – deep, wide, and long with a continuous, unending source. She asked, “Where does that water come from?”
She’s right. Paul writes to the Ephesians in 1:7-8 In (Jesus) we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence..”
Grace in and of itself is…well…gracious. But notice the words, “riches” and “abound.” When I think of riches I think back to my childhood when I read comic books, especially the unlimited supply of wealth like Scrooge McDuck (Donald Duck’s uncle) had in the rooms in his house and swimming pool.
Remember those pictures? The coins and money were literally piled in his pool like water and filled his rooms. God is so rich and He wants to share His wealth! His riches are not just shared with us, they abound – plenteous and copious amounts!
As I mentioned in the previous blog (below), Jesus is our source of strength. So many times I want to err back to trusting in my obedience instead of trusting and resting in Jesus Christ, the very source of our strength.
The Nile water just keeps flowing continually – I saw it again today. The source of our strength, like the Nile, is the riches of God’s grace, love and mercy found in His Son Jesus Christ! How awesome is that? It’s so awesome it gives a dead person LIFE that springs up eternally!