Staying Afloat

“The waters prevailed and greatly increased…”

– Genesis 7:18

The waters of the great flood spread across the earth (Genesis 7:10). The rising of the waters was progressive. First over the hills and then above the highest peaks. There was submergence of every living thing. The constant rain and advancing waters must have been disheartening. Noah and his family, however, found favor. God moved throughout the whole earth and worked on behalf of those whose hearts were for Him. Although they were not spared from the flood, God kept them from the danger of the results. The Lord kept Noah and his family afloat.

Troubles in our lives often enter as a flood. They seem to come from every side and have the effects of a constant downpour. The rising floodwaters of worry become progressively deeper. The more we are focused on them, the higher they rise. Soon we are left with an overwhelming sense that we are submerged in the deep. Is this where you are today?

Jesus invites us to step out on the oceans of life. To walk on the waters above the highest peaks. His assurances are like buoys keeping us above the ebb and flow of the tides of life. We are not always held from the torrents of floods that come our way, but we are preserved from their dangerous results when we walk with Jesus. He will always keep us afloat. Eventually, the waters recede!

“The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were also stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained. And the waters receded continually from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters decreased. The the ark rested…”

– Genesis 8:2-4

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