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Flood

August 30, 2015

Residents on roof of flooded home after Hurricane Katrina (2005), Source FEMA Photo Library, Author Jocelyn Augustino (PD- Fed. govt.)

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you” (Is. 43: 2).

The power of water should not be underestimated.

Floods damage homes, businesses, vehicles, cropland, and infrastructure. Floods take lives, drown livestock, contaminate drinking water, and spread waterborne illnesses like cholera, typhoid, and dysentery. Economic hardships due to flooding include food shortages, rebuilding costs, and a decline in subsequent tourism.

The worst natural disaster in the United States in terms of fatalities was the Great Hurricane of 1900 in Galveston, Texas. Some 6000 – 12,000 were killed by storm surge and coastal flooding. Ten years ago this month, over 1500 died in Hurricane Katrina.

Tsunamis or tidal waves are considered a form of flood. What distinguishes tsunamis from most other natural disasters is that there is no upper limit to the losses they can cause [1]. The 2004 Indonesian tsunami killed more than 230,000 people.

But the power of the Lord is greater still. We have no standard to which He can be compared. In the most dire of circumstances, when all hope is gone, He can make a way.

We are beneficiaries of God’s covenant with Noah, His promise that the waters will never again become a flood to destroy all flesh (Gen. 9: 15). That covenant has broader application than natural disasters alone. It signifies that the Lord is a holy and faithful God who will not let sin go unpunished forever.

In times like these, when chaos threatens to overwhelm the world, we can trust that God will fulfill His promise. Like David, we can say, “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose against us…then the waters would have overwhelmed us, the stream would have gone over our soul…Blessed be the Lord…” (Ps. 124: 2, 4, and 6).

[1] Australian Earthquake Engineering Society, “Some Reflections on the Insurance Aspects of Tsunami Damage” by George Walker, 11/5/13, http://www.aees.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/05-Walker.pdf.

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7 Comments
  1. Nice one Anna. Yep, some day The Lord will get tired of all of this and He will come back and make it all good again.

    • Anna, You wrote, “In times like these, when chaos threatens to overwhelm the world, we can trust that God will fulfill His promise.” When it comes to floods, especially the flood of evil we are seeing in our day, there is one verse that gives me hope,

      “So shall they 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 shall lift up a standard against him.” (Isaiah 59:19 KJ2000)

      Thanks for sharing, dear sister

  2. God is indeed faithful, and we have this peace that He can be nothing else.When the enemy comes in like a flood,He will raise up a standard against him.
    What a mighty God we serve!!

  3. And He is the Living Water.

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