As I read about the floods approaching Bangkok the capital of Thailand, I can imagine what is in the mind of the Thais. Fear, worry, anxiety. Some high official attributed it to the authorities as they had not timely released the waters being saved for the padi-fields of Thailand. However, with the great deluge they could not control or save the water anymore, now they are almost overwhelming all in the path of the waters that are finding their way to the Gulf of Thailand.
Psalm 18:16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.
Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
Psalm 69:15 Do not let the floodwaters engulf me or the depths swallow me up.
Psalm 69:1 – ‘The waters are come into my soul ”
Psalm 66:12 – “We went through fire and through water.”
Fire and water are often used in the Scriptures to denote calamity – the latter because it overwhelms; the former because it consumes.
What is God’s promise to the Christians when they are faced with calamity?
They shall not come nigh thee – As was the case with the Jordan when they crossed it under the guidance of Joshua, a pathway was made for the armies of Israel. The true God’s child will certainly be held secure from sudden and overwhelming disasters. He who is saved from sin has no need to fear anything else. God’s favour and good-will to His people speak abundant comfort to all believers. All who are redeemed with the blood of his Son, He has set apart for Himself. Those that have God for them, need not fear who or what can be against them as they are covered by the blood of Christ. True believers are precious in God’s sight, His delight is in them, above any people. With God, we need fear no evil; we should be borne up, and brought out. The faithful are encouraged.
They shall not overflow thee. The various multitude persecutions from men and the temptations of Satan, their rapidity and force, and their overflowing and overwhelming nature in times of calamity notwithstanding. When floods of water spread over a land; or in a time of judgment -when such floods sweep everything away including the wicked in His wrath, as in the deluge in the time of Noah, the pardoned sinner will be safe for all eternity. In violent trials, afflictions, and temptations; when the rains descend, the winds blow, and the floods beat against that godly man who prays and trusts in God; “they shall not come nigh him,” so as to weaken his confidence or destroy his soul. His house is founded on a rock. They shall not sweep him away. With the Holy Spirit as our good guide, and sufficient strength given us, we shall wade through them safely; for they do not and shall not distress us, nor cause our faith utterly to fail, or to separate us from the love of God, or destroy us. They shall not hurt us, but turn to our advantage. Our God is with us, to sympathize, to comfort and revive us, to teach and instruct us by our afflictions, to sanctify them to us, to support and bear us up under them, and to deliver us out of them.
Psalm 32:6 Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him.
May every one who fears the Lord, pray unto Him in an acceptable time, when He may be found. When the heart is softened and the conscience alarmed, that is a time of finding. God is ever ready; men are not so. Who can pray with a hard heart and a dark mind? While you feel relentings, please pray.
The godly man is safe; his place is on the rocks not on sinking sand; he is in the hands of Christ, and is enclosed in the arms of everlasting love, from whence he can never be taken by men or devils.
It is very difficult to bring sinful man humbly to accept free mercy, with a full confession of his sins and self-condemnation. But the true and only way to peace of conscience, is, to confess our sins, that they may be forgiven; to declare them that we may be justified. Although repentance and confession do not merit the pardon of transgression, they are needful to the real enjoyment of forgiving mercy.
Those that would speed in prayer, must seek the Lord, when, by His providence, He calls them to seek Him, and, by His Spirit, stirs them up to seek Him. In a time of finding, when the heart is softened with grief, and burdened with guilt; when all human refuge fails; when no rest can be found to the troubled mind, then it is that God applies the healing balm by his Spirit. Praise the Lord.
Have you felt the healing balm of His Spirit? Do you need it? Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.