This past week, South Carolina has been slap in the middle of a storm — a 1,000 year flood, to be precise.

It’s great to be part of history sometimes, but not this time. 

Lexington, SC 1,000 year Flood Waters. A dam broke right after haven driven over this stretch of road. No matter the size of the flood or the storm, God is holding on to you.
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My husband took this photo not long after having just passed over this stretch of road. A dam broke about five minutes after he’d driven over it. He watched another dam break in the neighborhood he’d been visiting. He’d already passed a third broken dam. He came home and stayed home after that.

Some of us haven’t been touched by the flood more than the inconveniences of having to abide by the 6:00 pm-6:00 am curfew and having stores, businesses and roads closed down — or washed away.

Others have been deeply impacted.

It breaks my heart to hear that some have lost their homes, but it’s devastating to hear that some have lost their lives.

But no matter the size of the storm, this truth remains: God is holding on to you.

With the flood we’ve been experiencing in South Carolina, I thought we could all use this important truth in Crowder’s song, “I Am.”

In the middle of the storm,
this I know . . .

The Great I AM is holding on to you!

 

The One who met Moses from within the burning bush and revealed His great Name, I AM, is holding on to you. (Exodus 3)

The One who brought the Israelites through the Red Sea and into the Promised Land is holding on to you. (Exodus 14)

The One who raised Jesus from the dead is holding on to you. (Matthew 28)

If God brings you into a storm, He’ll bring you out — and He’ll never let go of you in the midst.

The storm waters may rise.

Your hope may feel like it’s drowning.

But don’t give up, look up to the Faithful One. (Isaiah 40:27-31) (Psalm 121)

The One who made the wind and the waves obey is holding on to you. (Mark 4:35-41)

If life is just too much, and you feel like you’re falling, fall into His arms. 

In the middle of the storm,
I AM Holding on,
I AM!

We often wrestle with letting this powerful truth change us. Our eyes are so fixed on the problem — the disaster — that we can’t see past it to allow this truth to comfort us.

It’s so easy to only want compassion in times like that, but to leave ourselves with only a show of compassion is to leave ourselves without the life-changing comfort of truth.

Jesus offered tremendous comfort to many, but He also offered truth. (John 8:1-12)

When Moses and the Israelites stood at the edge of the Red Sea, terrifying walls of water before them and a raging army behind them, they panicked.

God said, “Get going.” (Exodus 14:10-15)

If they’d been too scared to trust God in that moment, it would’ve been understandable, but disastrous. Their fear and unbelief would have led to their demise.

They believed in God. They’d seen Him work. There was no doubt about who He was. But in the midst of terrifying circumstances, they didn’t believe God’s Word to them. It’s just too easy to lose sight of who God really is and doubt His Word when trials come. 

Unbelief isn’t a lack of belief in God or Christ. It’s the unwillingness to take Him at His Word. 

Unbelief kept the Israelites out of the Promised Land — the land of rest and peace which The Great I AM promised to them. (Hebrews 3:19)

Unbelief keeps us out of the rest and peace Christ bought for us with His blood — the rest and peace available to us even in the middle of a devastating flood. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Don’t lose hold of peace by losing sight of God. We lose sight of God by making our tragedies greater than our Deliverer. (Numbers 13:30-Numbers 14:9)

Believe!

“I AM everything you need for every moment.” ~ God

 

Sometimes we believe and tragedy still strikes. Believing doesn’t mean that nothing bad will ever touch us again. Jesus promised that in this world there will be trouble. (John 16:33) He also promised that He’ll never leave us. (Matthew 28:20)

When the flood waters come, remember the truth that God didn’t fail you.

The Great I AM is still holding on to you, and His perfect purpose for letting tragedy strike will be fulfilled for your good and His glory.

His purposes are beyond anything we can fathom (Romans 11:33), but He’s always good and always loving. (Psalm 100:5)

Always.

Believe.

I AM is holding on to you. He won’t let you go.

When God called Himself “I AM,” He was saying, “I AM everything you will ever need for every moment.” (Exodus 3:14)

(For more encouragement see the following verses. Hover your cursor over the verse to see the passage: Isaiah 55:8-9Romans 8:28, Psalms 145:9Psalms 100:5, 2 Corinthians 4:17, Jeremiah 29:11)

In the middle of the storm,
or a 1,000-year flood,
I AM Holding on,
I AM!

Believe!

_______________________________

Enjoy this short video of David Crowder sharing the inspiring story behind the band’s song “I Am.”

“No matter where you are in life, you live and breath in the very presence of God. . .  The Creator of the universe has given access to us. That’s gorgeous! But so many times I forget about that . . . in these moments when we feel the desperation, this clinging . . . we find that He’s actually holding us in His hands much more intensely than we could hope or dream.” ~ David Crowder

 


 

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