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Sheltered in the Flood

August 28, 2017
Sheltered in the Flood
Widespread, devastating flooding has displaced thousands who call America’s fourth largest city—Houston, Texas—home. Rain from Hurricane Harvey is expected to bring fifty inches of water to an area that averages just forty-six inches of rain a year. Airports shut down, news stations went off-air, and emergency service were overwhelmed as the deluge engulfed the city.

Water levels in the city reservoirs have risen six inches an hour. In an attempt control the flooding, engineers are increasing reservoir outflow. The surge of water that results will cause even more flooding in some areas—but the hope is that this action will reduce the impact of the floodwaters on the larger community.

Like the flood in Houston, troubles and trials often overwhelm us as we go through life. Yet God has promised, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you” (Isaiah 43:2).

History is full of such disasters, but we can also look back and see God’s hand reaching out in mercy to save His people through the storm—and not always from the storm. He saved Noah in an ark; Daniel’s friends were safe in the midst of the fire; Daniel endured a night with hungry lions. Jesus suffered the death of the cross, but He rose to eternal life as Victor over the grave.

Jesus saw the challenges that His followers would face as He left this world—and He prayed, “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one” (John 17:15). Our world has been hijacked by an enemy, and we are often surrounded by damaging floods. But when we place our faith in God’s Word, we can rest in His power to save to the uttermost those trust in Him (Hebrews 7:25).

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