Revelation 16.12 – The Euphrates

12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east.

Today the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and it’s water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings of the east. The river Euphrates was a barrier to the Romans in many ways, seen as a huge obstacle. 1800 miles long and at parts 1 kilometer wide, the Euphrates was a considerable barrier to those wishing to cross and/or conquer those who lived near it. The fact that God dries it up quick as a flash should not really alarm us, should it…think back to Exodus 14.21-22 and Joshua 4.23-24.

Back in Daniel 5 whilst the vessels of the temple were being defiled and as the handwriting appeared on the wall, Darius and his army had diverted the Euphrates just enough to lower the water level just enough to allow them to slip under the river-gates that supposedly made the city of Babylon impregnable. All that to say, the river was a huge obstacle that needed to be crossed, conquered, or even circumvented before progress could be made.

Do we put our own Euphrates between ourselves and others?

Do we claim insurmountable difficulties between ourselves and what God is calling us to do?

Do we, effectively, refuse to trust God’s power to be able to dry up the waters of the Euphrates in front of us?

God has literally dried up massive rivers before to deliver His people, to show His people He is with them, to allow them to cross the obstacles in their paths and to live the life He has called them to live.

He will do this for you, too.

If you are standing on the banks of a Euphrates-sized problem today, or there is one on the horizon, remember, God has done this before, He is doing it now for His people, and, should we humbly ask Him, He will do it again.

Whatever you are going through, it may seem insurmountable, impossible to conquer, impassable, but, to our great God, creator and sustainer of heaven and earth, our problems are nothing He cannot deal with in His sovereign omnipotence.

So don’t stand on the banks of your Euphrates and wonder how you are going to get across, call out to the One who can get you across!

Published by James Travis

Pastor of Saar Fellowship in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Married to Robyn and Dad to our two boys.

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