It’s motivating to understand that God always calls me to what’s best for me and always provides me with what I need to answer his call. – Paul David Tripp
Imagine standing at the beach. You are looking past the Irish Sea, toward the UK. There, way back, at the horizon, you are seeing some huge blurred imagines. Your eyes fixed upon them, you notice that they are moving around. What you thought to be high buildings at an UK shore have revealed themselves as big waves — a storm will be coming in soon…
In life we sometimes know of a storm coming in before it will hit. Many times we don’t. Suddenly, out of the clear sky, thick storm clouds gather and raindrops fall. The storm seems even worse if we had been so sure that this kind could never, ever happen to us. We trust we have a good marriage; we believe we trained our children well; we eat healthy and exercise our body; we watch our finances… “Then why on earth is this happening to us,” we might ask.
Since The Fall (Genesis 3), which happened way, way back in the Garden of Eden, things changed. No more Paradise. No, there is no heaven on earth — but there are pain, sorrows and death in our lives. We still think we have it all under our control, don’t we? After all, we have painkillers, counselors and various ways to handle the delicate topic called death.
We are weak but He is strong!
Don’t try! When it’s time for the tide to come in, the tide is coming in — no matter if you are ready or not. If there is a storm coming into your life draw even closer to God — because He is the only One who can help you through it and the only One who can control the storm (see Luke 8:22-25)!
Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:8-10
As Christians we need to know that we are children of a loving, living Father God! Therefore we should no longer be tossed to and fro by the waves of incoming storms. We need to cling to His Promises — which are written down in the Bible (that’s why it’s so important for us to read His Word every day). It’s best to put off your old self… and put on your new self (Ephesians 4:22-24) — more about that in my next post on Monday.