We receive messages from Christians all over the world. Right now believers in various nations are writing the same thing: Fear is taking hold. As prophesied in Scripture, God is shaking everything that can be shaken and it's hard to fathom all the upheaval taking place.
In the midst of it all, anxiety is spreading and Christians are not immune. Many write about great storms in their lives: financial crises, family stress, depression, sorrow. Some are overwhelmed beyond belief — and the problems don't seem to stop coming.
Sometimes our greatest fears and distress come through the pain of those nearest and dearest to us. Many of God's people are crying, "Lord, enough! Your Word promises deliverance. You said you wouldn't let me endure more than I could bear without making a way of escape for me. But where is the escape now in the midst of my greatest trial?"
Whenever we face deep trials and difficulties, the devil moves in to take advantage. Scripture describes him as a flood of fear that dashes us with wave after wave. These demonic floods even have a voice: "O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves" (Psalm 93:3).
Have you noticed that troubles and afflictions often come in waves? Just as you battle through one problem, another follows in its wake. The apostle John speaks for many today who are being carried away in a state of stress: "The serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman [the Church], that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood" (Revelation 12:15).
But God answers the voice of every demonic flood: "The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, than the mighty waves of the sea" (Psalm 93:4, my italics). Simply put, God's Word speaks louder than any flood we may face. His greatness overrides even our biggest trial.