Comfort in the Flood
Then I returned and considered all the oppression that is done under the sun: And look! The tears of the oppressed, But they have no comforter — On the side of their oppressors there is power, But they have no comforter. Ecclesiastes 4:1 NKJV
“For these things I weep; My eye, my eye overflows with water; Because the comforter, who should restore my life, Is far from me. My children are desolate Because the enemy prevailed.” Lamentations 1:16 NKJV
So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, And His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. Isaiah 59:19 NKJV
Our adversary the devil (the Oppressor), as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). Make no mistake about it, the devil doesn’t want to tease you or toy with you, he wants to overwhelm you with sickness and disease, lack and poverty, and problems and more problems. He wants to flood you with trouble on every side (2 Cor. 4:8).
Ephesians 4:7 admonishes us not to give place to the devil, because to do so is a disaster waiting to happen. If we open the door, the Oppressor doesn’t come in with a drip, a sprinkle, or a trickle, but he comes in like a flood, i.e., an overflow of problems and trouble. The danger with a flood is that it cannot be contained. To stay safe in a flood, you must go to the highest ground possible (Psalm 61:2).
Under the Old Covenant, the enemy came in like a flood, but under the New Covenant, the tide has changed! The Comforter has come and Jesus stands in the gap (John 14:16; Heb. 7:25). We can now overflow the enemy with a flood of God’s Word, the Spirit, and prayer (Ps. 107:20; John 7:37-39; Rom. 8:26-28). In battle the “standard bearer” strikes the first blow against the enemy and causes him to take flight (Deut. 1:28-30; 32:30). The Comforter (Holy Spirit) is our “standard bearer” and He lifts up a standard and gives us comfort in the flood!