“When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up
a standard against him.” Isaiah 59:19 NKJV
We don’t walk through life unopposed!
While it’s true that at times we are our own worst enemy, Scripture makes it quite clear that we have life-long opposition from Satan. At times he piggybacks on poor choices we’ve made. At other times we sense him messing with us much like a cat playing with a mouse before killing it.
There are other times when his attack seems overwhelming, leaving us wounded and void of hope … wondering where God is. The Psalmist echoed this lament: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why do you refuse to help me or even to listen to my groans?” Psalm 22:1 TLB Jesus Himself used these very words to convey the terror of his experience on the cross.
But as the resurrection put an end to Satan’s well-thought schemes concerning Jesus, there is also an end to the bully’s wicked dealings in our lives. In Isaiah 59 it was the sins of Israel that got them into trouble. They had deliberately walked into the swinging door of disobedience.
God is amazed that apparently nobody had the sense to ask for his help. So He stepped in to deal with the wickedness himself. God is fully capable of producing a flood of his own!
Many translations put the comma in a different place, and its placement give me hope that God will deal with my tormenters as He did in this passage. Here is another way of reading that verse:
“When the enemy come in (whether by trickery of a bold ‘in your face’ attack
from all directions simultaneously) … like a flood the Spirit of the Lord
will come in like a narrow, rushing stream which the breath of the Lord
drives [overwhelming the enemy].” (thanks to Amplified Bible)
I can’t help but believe that if He came to the rescue of people too foolish to ask for help themselves, He would love to bring rescue to those who are looking to him for their salvation. This week if you find yourself under attack, ask God to send a spiritual flood of his intervention your way.
IF THIS DEVOTIONAL BLESSED YOU, CONSIDER PASSING IT ALONG TO OTHERS!