Praying in faith, King David took hold of this truth: "Let not the floodwater overflow me, nor let the deep swallow me up; and let not the pit shut its mouth on me" (Psalm 69:15). It's not unusual for even the godliest person to face troubles rising like floodwaters. And like David, we can be steeped in God's Word, faithful to pray and devoted to the Lord, yet feel overwhelmed by waves of fear.
Beholding the greatness of our God is an anchor for our souls. It is meant to build up our faith in this hour when many are feeling overwhelmed by fear. I'm convinced the church needs one thing at this very moment: an increasing revelation of God's greatness. So many anxious people around the world are turning to false gods in the midst of overwhelming fears. But followers of Jesus need to be reminded of the power and greatness of the one true God.
In a book we published entitled Triumph Through Tragedy, Christians share testimonies of God's help during their most difficult trials. In each case they found hope in the revelation of God's greatness.
These testimonies made it very clear that during every flood of affliction, God's people have choices. Our first choice in the face of great trials is to gird up our faith — to trust in our loving heavenly Father no matter what comes.
Everyone who contributed a story to Triumph Through Tragedy testified that they had a choice to make. And when they chose faith, God gave them a renewed intimacy with Jesus. Yet this happened when their painful trial was at its worst. David testified of his worst hour, "This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles" (Psalm 34:6). We have to be firmly persuaded of his power, might and greatness on our behalf.