When the levee breaks

It began to rain and it seemed that it would never stop. The tributaries rose steadily and without abatement for months. Slowly, the disaster began to take shape. Finally, in the spring of 1927, the levees along the great Mississippi River began to fail. Tens of thousands of square miles were inundated. Hundreds of thousands of people lost their homes and their jobs. The waters did not fully recede for months.

Many songs were written in the aftermath of the flood, including “When the Levee Breaks” by Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie. It detailed the sorrow of the inevitable. Where do you go when your protection fails and the flood waters surge? Continue reading “When the levee breaks”

No peace but God’s peace

Peace is not merely an inner sensation, but an objective state of being. In the Bible it is, first of all, peace with God. This peace does not depend upon a person feeling that God is near or convincing himself that God is bringing him peace. A person can feel peaceful but in fact be in a state of rebellion against God and not be at peace with the Creator.

Such was the case in Jeremiah’s day. The prophet condemned the priests and false prophets who denied there was any danger, when in fact destruction and devastation was approaching. Continue reading “No peace but God’s peace”

Cling to God

“Problems should make us run to God, not run from him.” So I wrote to Darrin a few days ago. His wife has cancer. His mother-in-law, not the meekest of people, has been living with them for months, to lend a hand. His life is topsy-turvy. And he’s quit meeting with the saints. He says he needs some time to think. So I told him this was time to cling to God. In a symbolic act, the Lord told the prophet Jeremiah to buy a new linen loincloth and wrap it around his waist (Jeremiah 13). Scholars are not sure … Continue reading Cling to God