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FROM THE DEEP

Alina Kanaski

For the Hebrew people, water—both its presence and its absence—brought chaos. Water was necessary for life but fleeting in the desert. The Hebrews endured long seasons with no rain. Then, with no warning, a flood would sweep down, smashing houses, stealing animals, and destroying anything else in its path. The seas were full of strange creatures and shrouded in storms.

“When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you; your troubles will not overwhelm you.”
Isaiah 43:2 (GNT)

God took that chaos (the “deep” of Genesis 1:2, NIV) and crafted creation. God parted the Red Sea so that the Israelites could escape from Egypt (Exodus 14) and repeatedly provided water for them in the desert (as in Exodus 17:1-7). God fought chaos and won (Isaiah 51:9-11). The psalmist knows that even chaos will praise God: “Praise the Lord from the earth, sea monsters and all ocean depths” (Psalm 148:7, GNT). Even raging storms and deadly droughts could not defeat God. Instead, God ruled over them all.

 

 

REFLECT: What brings chaos into your life—betrayal? depression? your parents’ divorce? Whatever it is, know that God rules over this raging storm as well. Ask God to show you a way through the deep waters.

—from devozine (January/February 2020). Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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