“So the waters continued to surge and rise greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the waters.” Genesis 7:18
“When the mountains fall, And the tempest roars You are with me. When creation folds, still my soul will soar on Your mercy. I’ll walk through the fire, with my head lifted high and my spirit revived in Your story. And I’ll look to the cross, as my failure is lost, in the light of Your glorious grace. So, let the ruins come to life, in the beauty of Your Name, rising up from the ashes God forever You reign! (Hillsongs)
There is a pattern in scripture that describes the way we feel as we are tested. Jacob serves another 7 years under Laban ( Gen 29:27), Joseph remains in prison after the Baker and Cupbearer are set free ( Genesis 40:23), Pharoah makes things harder for the people as they seek their freedom, Israel remains in exile, and the waters keep rising. We have experienced this for ourselves as we have endured levels of lock down and now there are rumours of a Third Wave.
But we are reminded that as the waters rose, the Ark floated on the surface!
We can have a confidence in God that his grace is sufficient for us, that he is with us even until the end of the age, and that just as he has proven faithful in the lives of those who we read about in Scripture, so He will prove himself faithful to us. The psalmist repeatedly speaks of how our trials and tribulations are a purifying process.
What is God purifying in your life today? What impurities is he cleansing with fire?
Therefore, my brothers and sisters in Christ, we choose faith not fear and we wait in eager anticipation for what God is doing in the midst of the rising waters of the challenges of living in a sinful world.
Let us pray.
Lord all around us, corruption, dissent, violence, poverty and fear are on the rise. We ask not to be indifferent to this oh Lord, but we ask for protection and courage to stand against the broken structures of this world and to bring light, seeking not to escape, but to overcome.
This we pray on the Name of Jesus who came not to judge the world but to save it. Amen.