Naturally speaking a flood is not a good thing. I have an aunt that lives in Grand Forks and clearly remember the day she called frantically and said, “Are you guys worried about us?” It was the flood that devastated the Red River Valley. Her basement flooded to the second level; thankfully her house wasn’t a complete loss. Up until that time I was clueless about the repercussions of a flood. Fires, gas leaks and raw sewage was there the moment the rain stopped. A year after the flood I went to visit and saw first hand entire neighborhoods still in ruins.
The word FLOOD doesn’t usually evoke happy thoughts. How about the saying, ‘When it rains, it pours?” Have you ever noticed when things start to come against you in life, it usually ends up being more than one thing? It would be bad enough you may be sick, but then it seems like it’s the same day you get in a huge fight with your hubby (not that I would know what that’s like..wink, wink), the dishwasher breaks and the dog gets diarrhea. Before you know it, life seems like it’s flood taking over.
Wow.. that’s depressing.
But wait, I want to share a different kind of flood with you; a good flood.
Isaiah 59:19 (AMP) “So [as the result of the Messiah’s intervention] they shall [reverently] fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight [for He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives].”
Have you ever thought of the power of punctuation? I know this seems like a random question, but I want to point out something important.
Read how a portion of this verse reads with a punctuation change:
- “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him…”
2. “When the enemy shall come in, like a flood the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him…”
Did you catch it? Read it again. The translators actually put the coma in the wrong spot according to Bible scholars!
It’s the Spirit of the Lord that comes in like a flood!
You can rest assured when you feel like life is a flood, the Lord will be there like a FLOOD and will raise up a standard against the enemy – it means He’ll stop him from taking over your life!
Love you more than knowing that I can out-swim any flood with the Lord on my side,