How Do You Start A Flood?
A lawyer and an engineer were fishing in the sunny Caribbean. They were discussing their great vacations when the lawyer said, "I'm here because my house burned down, and everything I owned was destroyed by the fire. The insurance company paid for everything." "That is quite a coincidence," said the engineer. "I'm here because my house and all my belongings were destroyed by a flood, and my insurance company also paid for everything." The lawyer, quite puzzled, asked, "How DO you start a flood?"
Remember the flood? It’s so hot and dry right now, it requires a little effort to remember all that rain we received. Most people that have been in a flood, remember it very well. In the Bible, floods often represent God’s judgment and the fear related to that judgment. But it doesn’t always refer to that. Sometimes the floods refer to God’s blessing.
Isaiah 44:3: “For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring;”
We need the power of God to flood our church, but is there a thirst for the presence and power of God? Are we satisfied with our walk with God? Have we grown complacent? Has apathy taken over your heart like weeds in a garden, choking the power of God in your life? There has to be a thirst for the Spirit of God in our lives!
As I was driving down the road the other day, I saw this huge field of dry dirt that looked like a giant pan of brownies that had been cut into pieces. That image made me think of our church and our need for the Spirit of God to bring refreshing, conviction, and healing.
Hosea 10:12: “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rain righteousness upon you.”
You see, while we cannot manipulate the Spirit of God and force Him to work, we must do our part of preparing the soil. We must break up the fallow ground by confessing sin and moving our hearts and minds away from selfishness and the world and putting them back on the Lord! We may want to see God bring a flood of joy and power to our lives and church, but if there is no brokenness over our sin or tears shed over our pride and unforgiving hearts, we may miss out!
Psalm 126:5: “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.”
How do you start a flood? It begins with a church on its knees.