DayBreaks for 01/01/13 – God Loves Water
Psalm 124:2-5 (NLT) – What if the LORD had not been on our side when people attacked us? 3 They would have swallowed us alive in their burning anger. 4 The waters would have engulfed us; a torrent would have overwhelmed us. 5 Yes, the raging waters of their fury would have overwhelmed our very lives.
The preacher on Sunday spoke on Psalm 124. Chances are, it’s not one of your favorites, and it certainly isn’t one of the most beloved Psalms. But it is RICH in content!
One of the points the pastor made was about how troubles are frequently pictured in Scripture as manifestations of water: floods, raging rivers, torrents that would sweep us away. It’s easy to see why, isn’t it? When we are in the deep water of trouble, we feel as if we will vanish beneath the waves forever.
He then went on to point out that God isn’t afraid of water. In fact, He seems to love it! Consider:
- The great flood of Genesis was under His control;
- The parting of the Red Sea;
- The crossing of the Jordan in a miraculous way;
- Elijah and the contest on Mt. Carmel where the offering and altar were soaked in water before God consumed them with fire;
- The storm on the sea that Jesus’ calmed by rebuking the waves;
- Another storm on the same body of water where Jesus came walking on the top of the liquid stuff.
You see, God isn’t afraid of a little (or lot!) of water, nor is he afraid of our troubles. In fact, over and over again, God does much of his greatest work either in the midst of the raging waters of life, or in the darkness where it is hard to perceive.
As you look at the coming year, what do you see? There is plenty of potential darkness: will the ‘fiscal cliff’ be avoided (and should it be?) What is your work situation – is it gloomy and frightening? What about your marriage and relationships? Are you in legal trouble? Financial difficulties swimming all around you?
The water may look deep, but God can touch the bottom and bring you out of the swirling flood of troubles that you may have.
Of one thing we can be absolutely sure: there will be nothing that happens this year, either in our individual lives as Christians, or our corporate existence as humanity, that will be too big or too hard for God to handle. You see, God has already seen every single thing that will happen this year and knows precisely how to handle it.
Isn’t it great to belong to such a great God?!?!?!
PRAYER: Lord, I often am very afraid when I’m in deep water and it threatens the things I value and hold dear. Remind us as we begin this new year that You love water…and love saving Your people from the flood that would overwhelm us if possible. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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