Mightier Than the Flood

But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore— the Lord above is mightier than these!” (Psalm 93:4, NLT)

We are often reminded of how weak we really are. That’s obvious when we talk about the big natural events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and tornados. But we’ve also been reminded this past year how a very tiny thing can also cause great damage and grave harm. Sure, we’ll weather the storm and rebuild. But we also need to remember the one that is mightier than all.

In poetic language, the Psalmist in Psalm 93 declares the unmatched might and majesty of God. In the middle of the short psalm, the writer points to a natural disaster. A flood in this case. It is perhaps the most destructive force the psalmist had ever witnessed. The writer comes to the conclusion that God is mightier still.

What strong forces, perhaps destructive forces, are impacting your life right now? Is it the pandemic or some other natural event? Health issues, seemingly inescapable poverty, emotional scars are also like destructive floods in our life. No matter how mighty or how unstoppable, God is mightier still.

I’m not making a false promise that believing in God will turn away the storm. Sometimes yes, but sometimes no. I can tell you this; when the flood comes, I’m going to find the strongest thing and hold on tight. No flood, earthquake, hurricane, tornado, or anything else can overpower God. So, no matter what, I’m holding on to Him. How about you?

How do we hold on? Jesus taught, “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” (Matthew 7:24–27, NLT)

We hold on by listening to Jesus and doing what He teaches. It seems simple enough. Here’s the key, though. Many wait until the day of trouble to listen to Jesus and follow Him. And God does honor that. But better is the one who has built their house on the rock over good times and bad. Their footing to stand against the storm with Jesus is firm and sure.

God is mightier than anything that will come our way.

Dale Heinold
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