Date: Wednesday, May 7
Scripture: Genesis 7:11-24
Verse: It rained on the earth forty days and forty nights. (Genesis 7:12)
“Rain, rain on my face. It hasn’t stopped raining for days. My world is a flood. Slowly I become one with the mud.” With these words, the band Jars of Clay opens the song “Flood” which made them stars nearly 20 years ago (watch the song’s video here or below). We know that feeling. There are times in all our lives when our problems seem overwhelming. The bad news just keeps coming — illness, grief, money problems, kid problems, spouse problems, etc. The bad news seems, at times, to come in bunches. As we sometimes say, “when it rains, it pours.”
Storms can be devastating. Just last week we watched on the news as tornadoes produced from violent storms ripped through towns in the midwest and south wreaking havoc on everything in their path. In the second half of today’s reading, we hear the magnitude of the forty days of rain. Four times in four verses (17-20), and a fifth time in verse 24, we read this ominous refrain: “the waters rose.” The flood is overwhelming.
Maybe you have been there. Maybe you are there. Maybe it is pouring on your life, the waters are rising, and you feel you are sinking in the mud. But in the storm, God provides a refuge, a boat, and Noah and his family are saved. God was with them, even as the rains were falling and the floods rising.
In the midst of the storm, know you will survive (later in the story God promises to never do this again), and that God is with you.
Prayer: When the waters rise, O God, teach me to rely on your protection. Amen.
Action: Listen to the song “Flood” here or below.
Respond: Share an encouraging word of how God has lifted you from the flood. Respond by clicking “Leave a Comment” or “1 (or more) Comment” below.
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