"All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me."
“Like water; not merely because it drowns, but because it searches every crevice, goes to the very bottom, and makes its way on all sides when once it obtains an entrance, thus fitly denoting the penetrating force of temptation and trouble.” --Hugo Cardinalis
Floods and waves come into our lives. They come in different shapes and forms; varying troubles and temptations. The definition of a flood is to cover or submerge with water. In Isaiah 59:19 it says that “ the enemy shall come in like a flood.” Our enemy wants to flood us with everything possible, he wants to cover us and drown us with struggles. He wants to gain entrance into our lives and find his way into every crevice possible to make us think we're drowning; that we can no longer keep our head above water. He loves to see us panic and kick frantically in the commotion poured onto us.
Why Does He Want This?
The enemy loves to see us overwhelmed to where we lose focus onto who is charge of the flood (PS 89:9), who is holding us (Is.41:13), and where our feet are planted (PS 18:2). When we lose focus on Him, we put it on ourselves; we focus on “I/Me”. In today's society we like to be in control of everything, so when floods come it's easy to feel like we did something wrong, that we have to do something, fix something; when in reality we have no control.
With a change of focus come a change of our footing, from relying on Him to relying on ourselves; we move from solid ground, the Rock, to sand. We see the example of the different types of ground in Matthew 7:24-27.
And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. Matthew 7:25 ( The Rock)
And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it. Matthew 7: 27 (The sand)
Floods will come, there's no doubt about it, but we have to remember where we stand. When we stand on the Rock, the sturdy foundation, nothing is going to overtake us or drown us unless we decided to take a step off by ourselves. Even then, when we walk without faith and try to do it by ourselves, Jesus is there with a hand out, ready to pull us back up out of the flood to a place where we are able to stand.