The waves and the winds of the world seem to be growing larger and stronger. Are you tossed and blown about by the winds and waves of life? Well, I think we are all getting wet and chaffed, whether we want to or not. But I think we can protect ourselves somewhat from the deleterious effects.
I put on my Gortex® suit when the skies are gray and the rain is coming down. It helps a lot, along with an umbrella. However, last week my umbrella turned inside out as the winds blew the rain horizontal. You all know the situation and your response. We need the rain, but we don’t like the effects. So what are the best protections or coverings for these storms of life?
James 1:2-6 tells us that all of God’s kids are getting it. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” Trials and temptations will come, but we must ask for wisdom from God, not why, but what and how to do it. Otherwise we will be blown around like a wave in the wind. I can feel the spray on my face as I write. It can feel good when we know what we are doing on a sailboat as it reaches out, or not. It is best to wear a slicker and even a rain hat with a chinstrap to best ride out the storm.
As Christians in an ever increasingly difficult world, we need to be prepared. How do we do that? Start with prayer. This is asking God without doubt as James tells us. He answers all our prayers, unless we have the wrong motivation or have un-confessed sin in our hearts. Then He will not hear our cries. I believe if we pray in faith, God will answer us with directions. Most of these are clearly stated in Scripture. God’s responses will be in accord with the Bible, His word. Remember, it was spoken into existence like the world.
God is preparing and building us up to be able to handle the seas of life. In Ephesians 4 Paul tells us that God is preparing His people for works of service, “so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and froth by the waves, and blown hear and there by every wind of teaching and cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is Christ” (Ephesians 4:12-15). He is telling us that we should be children of the light for in the world there is darkness that is corrupting whoever is ignorant of the truth.