I cannot get the thought of flood gates out of my mind today.
We often hear the phrase “open the flood gates of heaven” whether in song or in a sermon. This idea is beautiful because who doesn’t want a steady flow of God’s presence, glory, and power in our lives? It seems like a no-brainer, so why doesn’t God just let this flow all the time?
Have you ever seen a flood gate open? If not, go look it up. The power and force of the water as it released is unmatched. Water seems benign, but it can easily become destructive wiping out everything in its path. Watching the coverage of the flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in NC or Harvey in Houston, Katrina in New Orleans, will confirm the power of water.
If God actually opened the flood gates of heaven, would we simply be consumed?
This led to the thought that maybe God isn’t the only one with a flood gate. Maybe, just maybe we have installed our own flood gates to control the flow of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Could we have it all wrong? As we sing and pray to God to open the flood gates of heaven, maybe we should be asking Him for the courage and the strength to open our own flood gates that are stifling the movement of God in our lives.
Who controls the flood gates?
Today, look at your heart and ask yourself if you are trying to control the flow of Living Water in your life.
For me, this reflection brings repentance and I am asking God to destroy the flood gate I have put in place to control God in my life.
Jeremiah 10:23-24 I know, O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps. Correct me, Lord, but only with justice – lest you reduce me to nothing.