Don’t Panic, Pray
Praise God for a shiny day. It is sad that so many have lost their lives and many others have lost personal properties in past floods. I’ve watched several rescues from different news stations and thought about the fear many experienced before being rescued just before their vehicles were swept away.
I read a devotional a year or so ago about a man who had a dream that he and his mother were driving on a county road that ran alongside a creek. They were in the car enjoying the scenery. Then suddenly, out of nowhere floodwaters began to rise all around them. It came up so quick that they couldn’t escape and there was nowhere to go! The only thing left to do was to PANIC!
In his dream the floodwaters rose to the top of the windows and his only thought was, “we’re going to die”. They were both gasping for breath to the point of blacking out but then came this overwhelming peace and assurance that they would survive. Something inside him was saying, “Don’t Panic! Pray!” In the dream the man and his Mother started praying for the waters to recede. After the Amen, the floodwaters went down, and they went on their merry way. Yes, it was only a dream, but I thought about that small still voice inside the man that said, “Don’t Panic! Pray!”
I don’t know about you guys but that sends chills up and down my spine. Don’t Panic, Pray! And by the way, that is also Scriptural. Listen to what God has to say in Isaiah 41:10: “Fear not, (don’t panic) for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. “
How many times have you and I been walking the road of life without a care in the world then out of nowhere we’re hit with great impossibility. Like the man’s dream, he was panicked because of what he saw. Remember, we are supposed to be people of faith. In the man’s dream, he saw the water surrounding him through his human understanding. That will always cause us to panic. But when we look at the flood waters of life through the eyes of faith and not fear, the problems are less threatening.
We’re quick to quote 2 Timothy 1:7 when all is well but very slow to believe it when the floods come. Paul wrote to Timothy, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”. So where does fear come from? It sure doesn’t come from God! It comes from the flesh and the enemy.
We have all been guilty at times of looking through the eyes of fear when the flood waters begin to rise in our lives. Faith doesn’t always make the flood waters go away but it does give us a peace that passes human understanding. If the flood waters of life are rising in a physical, emotional, or financial area of your life. Don’t Panic! Pray, even though it looks like there is no way out. Don’t lose heart because Jesus has overcome the world and greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. I have set at the bedside of many Christian as they were taking their last breath life. The peace that I have seen on so many of those faces as the flood waters of death began to rise is so encouraging. I remember the words from one of those, “I will see you on the other side”. He had no fear but perfect peace!
Listen to that still small voice of truth spoken through the Holy Spirit. Memorize Isaiah 43:2
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.