You may have noticed one or two posts about a flood in the news recently.
Floods are one of Creation’s many awesome testaments to God’s might and wrath!
Flood stories, great and small, have been shared with awe for thousands of years. In fact, Historians have documented as many as 500 flood epics shared by indigenous people groups all over the planet.
The Noahic flood, which killed all but a single boatload of divinely protected refugees, is perhaps the most well-known and destructive account of the devastation that can accompany a large-scale deluge.
We should be very thankful for Noah’s obedient reaction to God’s preemptive guidance to prepare for the flood:
“By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.”
Noah clearly respected God’s awesome might. As a result, his family and all of its future generations were spared from God’s wrathful flood.
The Psalmist describes the helplessness that must’ve been felt by those not spared from God’s righteous judgement.
“…the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me. I am weary with my crying out; my throat is parched. My eyes grow dim with waiting…”
Thankfully, as the Psalmist goes on to describe, Christians, like Noah, have a Great God on whom we can depend for an answer to our cries for help! In the midst of our own trials, as we call upon the Lord ourselves, we should pay careful attention to the reverence and thanksgiving that comprise the Psalmist’s request. We would also do well to recognize his acknowledgement of the fact that God controls both the degree and the timeframe of His answer.
“But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness. Deliver me from sinking in the mire; let me be delivered from my enemies and from the deep waters. Let not the flood sweep over me, or the deep swallow me up, or the pit close its mouth over me. Answer me, O Lord, for your steadfast love is good; according to your abundant mercy, turn to me. Hide not your face from your servant, for I am in distress; make haste to answer me. Draw near to my soul, redeem me; ransom me because of my enemies!… let your salvation, O God, set me on high! I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs.”
The Psalmist’s spirit of thanksgiving, despite his otherwise desperate circumstances, is profound, and it is a good example for us today. Like the inspired writer, we should recognize that God is our refuge in times of trouble and that we should hope in Him – praising Him along the way!
“In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame! In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me, and save me! Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.”
“For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth. Upon you I have leaned from before my birth; you are he who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you.”
The rest of the world is complaining and lamenting because of the trials that they face. We should expect that. It is instinctive in our flesh to do so.
We who have been created anew – we who proudly accept His protection and His name – recognize that our Father is our Life Preserver. He will bring us up from our most difficult trials. We are assured that He will comfort and sustain us! We know that we should praise Him for his abundant faithfulness even while the churning waters come up around us!
Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like you? You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. You will increase my greatness and comfort me again. I will also praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praises to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel.”
While the rest of the world sees floods and storms as a product of global warning or bad karma, we know that all things in creation point to the Creator and declare His well-deserved glory. We, His humble servants, can help spread the truth! Next time you hear someone lamenting a flood or other trial, perhaps you’ll use it as a chance to share some Biblical truths in order to Glorify God.
The Humble Ant
You may enjoy wearing one of our Flood shirts. They are very intentionally super-simple, maybe even a little confusing. The aim is for these shirts to prompt people you encounter to comment on the message, giving you an opportunity to respond with the Gospel!