>> Tuesday, February 15, 2011
"When it rains, it pours." Okay. I'll buy that.
"When it pours, it floods." Yup. I've been there. In fact, I'm there today; can't believe how fast life is moving all of a sudden.
"When it floods, build an ark." Oh, absolutely. But I just gotta ask: Isn't it a lot easier to build a solid ark of refuge before the rain starts falling in the first place?
Seriously. Can you picture it? A desperate man, fearful of the rising waters, feeling his feet sinking in the muck below him, trying desperately to construct something that will float him away to safety. His only hope is to cry for help and grasp the hand that reaches down to pull him up from the waters and onto a place of safety.
Praise God for the hand of grace! Absolutely! But isn't it better to build a life according to God's instructions while the sun is still shining, when we're thinking clearly, when we can make decisions carefully and deliberately? If we're safe and secure with our Creator while everything is bright and clear, then all we have to do is hold on tightly with love and faith when the floods come our way. No fear. No danger. "When sorrows like sea billows roll... it is well with my soul!"
"The Lord rules over the floodwaters. The LORD reigns as king forever. The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace." (Psalm 29:10–11 NLT)
"I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built." (Luke 6:47–48 NLT)