9-10-2014 10-33-59 AMMy heart has been heavy the past few days, the flood waters of life are drowning us, and watching people lose hope is heavy on my soul. “The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring.” (Psalms 93:3)

As I listened to my husband the other day, I could hear the hopelessness in his voice as I felt the weight of the burden this world has placed on him. “What’s the point” it screamed,” evil seems to prosper.

Sometimes in the midst of our floods, hope just some how silently slips out of our hand, especially if our eyes are focused in the wrong place. Psalms 93 also states,,“Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than waves of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty!”

The flood waters look different for each of us, but the waves are heavy and we are bruised and beaten. It is clear in scripture that God is not the source of evil, nor did he cause it, but He promises He can use it. Just look at His word, which was given to us to provide HOPE. It’s filled with redemption; what the world intended for evil, God used for good!

Look at His Son!!

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found  their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and understanding of life that fills them with compassion gentleness, and deep loving concern Beautiful people do not just happen” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

He will not abandon us in the midst of the flood waters, He has made it clear that when His people suffer, He suffers. A pastor once said “The cross is Gods way of saying, “Me too.”

We are not without HOPE; central to the christian message is a God who is near, and a God who breaths resurrection into dead things.  Jesus is our Anchor in the storm, He provides strength and support. HE IS, AND HE REIGNS!

“You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them.” (Psalms 89:9)

“Gods Word is suppose to give you hope, so if you walk away from scripture without hope, you are not done with that scripture and it’s not done with you” – Matt Mason

(Jefferson Bethke’s book Jesus > Religion inspired some of the context within this post.)

Building strong marriages together,   

Ashley Ladd