“For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea. They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their anguish…Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress”
Have you ever been completely floored by the problems in your life?
There is a moment within this turbulence where it is as if a mighty wave has crashed over your head and there isn’t any air left to breathe. In this solitary moment, panic might set in and all hope could drain from your heart. It is in this instant of hopelessness that the threat of being swept away becomes a clear and present danger.
Perhaps you are dealing with an actual flood today. There are many in the Midwest that are struggling against real floodwaters, and we are praying in earnest for you! Still there are others, perhaps even some who are reading these words right now, who feel pressed in on all sides and feel the torrent of life flooding in, threatening to wash everything away.
Hold on! You are not alone and you are not yet washed away!
For those who are in hopeless situations – there is hope.
For those who are mourning – there is comfort and with it – joy.
For those who are suffering – there is healing and restoration.
God has not abandoned you, despite how it may feel at this very moment.
Even David felt as if he had been abandoned by God (read Psalm 22), yet David remembered that ultimately, even if everything were swept away – God would be there, holding dominion over everything.
Can we boast the same confidence in God in the middle of our flooded life?
Do we believe that the Almighty will remain with us and restore us as we pick up the pieces of our shattered lives? Psalm 107:25-30 doesn’t say that the people were spared the flood, but it does say that the Lord “heard their cries and brought them out of their distress.”
Have you cried out to the Lord?
It might not be instantaneous, but be assured that He hears you and will bring you out of this clear and present danger. He is, after all, the Good Shepherd and the Great Comforter. He will not leave you, nor will He forsake you in your time of trouble.
Questions to ponder:
What are your flood waters right now?
Who can you ask to help you and give you hope? (we were never meant to go at life alone – we need friends to encourage us)…who is can be your support and source of encouragement today?
How can we pray for you? (Please post your comments and prayer requests below and we will pray for your!)
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face.
And the things of earth (including the tempest and flood) will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”
Lord I ask that you rescue those who are hurting today. You know the floods that encompass us. We place our faith in you and ask that you deliver us and restore the broken today. Be with those who need comfort today. Guide those who are lost. Restore unto us the joy of Your Salvation. It is in Your name we pray these things. -Amen.
I always enjoy your thought provoking writing. Thank you.