What happens when life hits you with a 100-foot wave? When friends betray you, people die, cancer intrudes, or you lose your job, what takes place? Things get turned upside down. You feel disoriented and out of place – like a man cutting through the women’s underwear section in a department store. Sometimes there’s pain and suffering. Ultimately, you might even question God’s goodness.
In Luke 6:46-49, Jesus described two men who each built their house with a different foundation. One worked hard, dug deep, and build his foundation on the rock. The other dropped his house on the sand. When the flood came, the first man’s house was unshaken, but the second man’s house was torn apart. The first man, Jesus said, is like someone who hears his words, takes them to heart, and lives them out. The foundation that Jesus describes is a heart that delights in doing whatever the he asks.
When you have no foundation, your spiritual house will be shaken. It might even begin to drift. Or be swept away.
But Jesus promises that if your life is surrendered to him, you can be confident when the waves smash into your life. Why is this? It’s because you know, down to your bones, that you are not alone in the flood. You understand that Jesus is the Lord of every flood. He’s the one who walks on water and calms the sea. He can open the floodgates of heaven.
We see this when we read Psalm 124:
1 If the Lord had not been on our side—
let Israel say—
2 if the Lord had not been on our side
when people attacked us,
3 they would have swallowed us alive
when their anger flared against us;
4 the flood would have engulfed us,
the torrent would have swept over us,
5 the raging waters
would have swept us away.
The flood would have destroyed us – if the Lord had not been on our side.
The job loss would have engulfed us – if the Lord had not been on our side
The cheating and lying would have swallowed us alive – if the Lord had not been on our side.
The cancer would have swept over us – if the Lord had not been on our side.
The betrayal, the loss, the let-down, these would have ground us to nothing –
If the Lord had not been on our side
When the flood tides rise, you can have great assurance – if you heart is surrendered to the Lord. You know that he’s on your side and he’s the Lord of the flood.
Three years ago, when I experienced a very real, life-threatening health challenge, I was paralyzed with anxiety and fear. When the waves crashed, what kept me from drowning was knowing that the Lord was on my side. And through the experience, he drew me into even deeper surrender. It was one of the scariest seasons of my life, and yet one of the sweetest.
Are you facing a flood today? Have you surrendered to the Lord of the floods?
He’s got you.
This is a rewind to one of my recent teaching messages at Crosspoint Church. You can hear the full message here.