‘You make me brave, you call me out beyond the shore into the waves. You make me brave, no fear can hinder now, the promises You made’. (Bethel Music, You Make Me Brave)
How interesting is it that God can call us out into something that looks so uncomfortable and even harmful. How many times have we seen examples of Men and Women of God, who He called out into literal and figurative storms, and even allowed ‘self-created’ storms loool! (Job, Joseph, Jonah, The Israelites, Esther, Peter, David and so many others) . From their examples, we can see that God calls us into the storm (or allows the storm to continue for while), not to harm us, but to display His grace and glory; in the impossible being possible.
It should be impossible to stand firm and be still in the storm. Yet, with His strength it is possible to be unmoved, in faith, by tough situations.
Sometimes God will send the storm to let you know that you are not where He wants you to be (great example is Jonah). He will also allow the storm to wash away the things that you have held unto as ‘false anchors’. False anchors that provide the illusion of refuge, being grounded, being whole, but are actually weighing you down, thus slowing the journey to your Promised Land (The Israelites).
Storms, waves and uncomfortable circumstances can be used to re-position us and to cleanse us! The storm can be use to drown your fears, to drown the things that you need to let go of, to drown out the voices that are contrary to His voice and to CHARGE you up to roar His Word louder than the waves!
Embrace the waves of Grace that will wash you back into His will! Whewwww…let that sink in!!!
‘So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift a standard against him.’ – Isaiah 59:19 (NKJV)
‘This is an awesome promise for those who have placed their faith in the Lord. It says that when we come under any form of attack from the enemy of our soul, Satan, that God steps in with a standard that blocks him.
I heard it taught once by a Bible scholar, that in his study of these verses he found that the translators had put a comma in the wrong place when they were translating it and that the verse should actually read this way:
When the enemy comes in, like a flood the Spirit of the Lord will lift a standard against him.
I like that because when the power of darkness comes against us, God’s provision and protection immediately comes in like a flood against him. By changing the location of the comma back to where it was originally placed, “the flood” now refers to God’s response to Satan’s overwhelming attacks, rather than to the attack sent to harm us by Satan.
God is for you, and He has your back covered. He will never allow the waves of life to overwhelm you as long as you hold on to Him as the true anchor, those waves will lift you higher! The enemy may have plans for you because you have chosen to live ‘extra large’ for God, but remember this: God’s standard will always come in like a flood against every attack and His standard will always make that defeated enemy run for his life.’
‘The wave that was meant to crush you, will be the wave that will lift you higher’ (The Wave/Bitter Sweet (spontaneous) – Amanda Cook & Steffany Gretzinger)
Songs to listen to based on my ‘Waves’ blog:
Something I shared last year on SC/Twitter: