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( part 2 ) August 28 Devo

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    continued from Aug 26..................... 5. The enemy comes in like a flood.

    “…When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.” Isa. 59:19
    The enemy will try to wreak havoc in our lives. He loves disaster. He loves it when we struggle. His whole aim is to steal, kill, and destroy. Often it feels that when a few hard things start happening in life, all chaos breaks loose. It’s hard to get control. We can end up feeling abandoned and alone. Yet God’s Word reminds us that we never fight alone. He will not leave us to ourselves to pick up the broken pieces of hard times. God Himself will fight for us no matter what we face.
    6. God is over the flood.

    "The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever. May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!" Psa. 29:10-11
    Such a great reminder that God is still all powerful, over the floods, over the weather, and He's not pacing heaven's floors, but He "sits enthroned over the flood." He's still in control and He knows our way. He understands what concerns us. Our "flood" may not be literal standing water today, it may be the circumstances we find ourselves in that are wreaking havoc on our thoughts. We may feel overwhelmed, like we're drowning in all the struggles we're up against, like it's too much to bear. We may be knee deep in hurt, wading through the mess of it all.
    Don't doubt for a minute that He's not there. He's over every trouble we face, He's with us in each trial. We do not face it alone. Ever. Two things God gives us in the midst of the "flood." He gives "strength to His people," and He blesses us with "peace."

    7. Life comes back.

    “I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” Gen. 9:13

    Even in the face of huge loss and ravaging storms, hard times do not hold the final say over our lives. As believers, we are kept safe in the hands of our Creator, in this life, and the next. Winds can blow. Devastating loss may come. But God is a Redeemer. He is the only One who can take what seems to be utter destruction, and somehow turn it around for good. He did it for Job. He did it for Joseph. He did it for Noah. And He is the same God today. Still faithful to His promises and to His Word.

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    Editor’s Note: Debbie McDaniel wrote this several years back in tribute to Hurricane Katrina. Her hometown was also wrecked by Hurricane Harvey.