Whatever you feel is lost, sinking, or despairing, tell the enemy there is more where it all came from. We’re all trying to run from these emotional floodwaters, but maybe we just need to stop running and decide to rise on them. As we accept what feels lost, we rise toward the next beautiful thing God has for us.”- Nicki Koziarz
“And the LORD shut him in.”- Genesis 7:16b (ESV)
In Chapter 9 (“Enough is Enough”) of Flooded, Nicki Koziarz observes that Noah and his family represent the first quarantined people in the history of humanity. Furthermore, God gave them an order to stay in place and shelter.
Therefore, after everyone boarded the ark, God closed the door. Not Noah. As the author points out, some Bible scholars view this as an example of God’s grace. That it wasn’t incumbent on Noah to close the door, Thus, God took responsibility for the hardest part: Nicki explains:
“This is the process to hold tight in the midst of hard times. We do our part, but God does the hardest. He never expects us to carry the weight of what it means to believe Him above all our doubters. Trust often feels like the hard thing in the midst of the hard thing. But I also have to remind myself that God has a habit of doing holy things in the midst of hard things. The problem is, we normally only see the hard.”
In conclusion, Nicki stresses, as you enter this holy, sacred place with God, it’s crucial to allow God to close the door. Hence, you decide how many times a day to make the choice to rise above the doubt. So, you get to decide when enough is enough. When to remind Satan where your joy, hope, strength, and blessings come from. Enough is enough!
Today’s question: What Bible verses give you strength to rise above your emotional floodwaters? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Push you up or down the mountain of doubt”