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Lord over the Flood

When I watched the CBN News coverage of the flooding in the mid-west, I was stunned by the devastation. Like many of you, my heart grieved for our neighbors who suffered such great losses. The rising waters submerged whole towns, and as the camera showed us the neighborhoods, it seemed like only the mailboxes perched on posts remained unscathed.

A disaster such as this affects people in different ways. Most recover when the water recedes. Some only suffer a minor inconvenience, while others lose everything they own, homes and businesses washed away.

But there’s another kind of flood going on in our nation. People are living through disasters all around us. A mother struggles to support and feed her children while her husband serves a jail sentence. A devoted father and husband finds himself in the hospital with cancer, and his wife struggles to pay the bills. Ultimately, their home of 40 years and all their retirement savings are washed away in their own personal flood.

Good people are devastated and cry out to God. 

"... the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple." Jonah 2:3-4 (KJV)

Don’t give up! Whether you have experienced a flood of water or a flood of bad circumstances, know that God cares. Don’t blame Him. Look again to His temple.

We live in a world of trouble and turmoil in which the righteous and the unrighteous are affected alike. God is not singling you out or your community. The world is a dangerous place. Know that God cares, and He will help you. 

“The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever.” Psalm 29:10 (NIV)

He is our source in times of trouble. He will give you strength to stand, wisdom to find a way, joy to sustain your soul, and peace to rest. 

As CBN's Operation Blessing rose to action, helping those most hurt by the floods, we must do likewise. We must aid hurting neighbors all around us who are trying to survive a myriad of personal disasters. With God’s help, we can make it. 

“... When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” Isaiah 59:19 (KJV)

You may ask what you can do. Support disaster relief. Look around your own neighborhood or church. Many times your neighbor suffers silently and will not ask for help. Show them you care. Get involved. And for those who are hurting, the Lord over the flood sees you. Help is on the way!

Copyright © 2009 Gene Markland, used with permission.

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