With the recent downpour of rain in our area, I’ve seen more than enough posts about the water rising in certain places. I’ve scrolled through my news-feed to see countless videos of floods and terrified people.
Though the flooding is certainly not something to be overlooked, and the posters of this content are justified in their worries, I couldn’t help but think about it on a deeper level.
God gave us the rainbow, yet we still fear the flood.
Don’t roll your eyes yet. I’m not saying we shouldn’t be afraid of rising waters in the natural sense, just because we have faith in God.
What I’m saying is: God has given us so many promises throughout the Bible. Promises that can reassure us as we walk through this life. We have read them, or heard about them, and we turn to them in times of need. But do we believe them?
God promised the Children of Israel that He would lead them out of Egypt. Which, spoiler alert, He did. On their journey to the promised land, they had several instances of distrust. They complained to Moses that he led them out of Egypt just to let them die on the journey. No matter how many timed God sent provisions to help them, they continued to doubt the path He had sent them down. (Exodus 16-18)
Jesus waked with His disciples, teaching them, guiding them, and working miracle after miracle. However, though they had seen Him at work and knew His power, they often questioned Him and feared for the path they were traveling. Jesus often had to reassure His followers that He was with them and they need not fear. (Matthew 8:26, Matthew 14:31)
Since we have accounts such as these to turn to in times of trial, we should be pretty reluctant to doubt the path God has set for us… right?
I know. Easier said than done.
As we dive into the later part of 2016, maybe we can strive to have faith in the flood. When we are in trials, or can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, we should find a way to give it to God. Fully.
1. Keep your Bible open.
We often question where God is when we’re at our lowest. We pray for direction. We beg for a sign. But we don’t look for those things we’re asking for.
We have an actual guide to life and God has already given us access. More often than not, the answers we seek are within the pages of our Bible. We have to look inside if we expect to find them.
It’s like you’re expecting Siri to give you directions to the beach, but you don’t use your iPhone to ask.
2. Realize what you should prayerfully act on and what you should actively pray about.
Stop acting like you have no responsibility in bettering your path. If you are dealing with an issue and you have the opportunity or means to fix it, you should. You should deal with it in whatever way would most glorify the Lord, while praying for direction to do so.
If something comes up that is out of your control, that you don’t have the ability to act on, you should give it up to the Lord and let Him take control. Pray with sincerity and faith.
3. If you don’t want to accept the answer, don’t ask the question.
If you’ve reached the point where God is answering your prayers, or showing you which direction to take, don’t ignore Him. Our wants and God’s plan don’t always match up. If we don’t accept the answer He provides, we’re no better than the rich young man in the gospels.
You know the guy; the man who asked Jesus how to inherit eternal life. Jesus told the man to hold the commandments, give his possessions to the poor, take up his cross, and follow him. The guy asked and Jesus answered. Pretty simple process, right?
However, the guy didn’t like the answer Jesus gave him. It was recorded that the young man”was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.” (Mark 10:17-22)
It’s easy to ask for an answer. It’s harder to accept the answer, if it’s not the one we wanted. Stop coming to God expecting that He will answer your prayers in your way. Start going to God with an attitude of “not my will, but thine, be done.”
So, go forth into the flood. Keep your head above. Press toward the mark. Run the race. Fear not.