Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Trust God: the Waves and Winds Don’t Lie


(About Jesus) The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!”
— Matthew 8:27 (NLT)
Matters of inner conflict polarise,
Indecision leaves us with a sigh,
Something we must know is this truth:
God’s waves and winds don’t lie.
The wind blows from only one direction, so there cannot be two ‘truths’ on the same matter, although there can be a collective or complementary truth.
The waves are tumultuous, yet they obey the one and only living God. Where the waves toss, there, in the midst of those waves, is the truth of life – the truth – God, no less.
Endure the winds. Ride the waves.
Anyone who has done such a thing – even once – knows just how hard it is to endure the winds and to ride the waves. Let us not be flippant in urging anyone to do something so seemingly impossible.
Let us, instead, go on in the matters of losing the old life in order that we might embrace those waves and winds until Jesus calms them. Let us not blackmail God by insisting the waves and winds be stilled by our voice; are we God?
God gives us a purpose in meeting the oncoming waves and in rallying with the wind.
It’s time to be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:9) and apply our faith. When all seems lost and forlorn, then watch for the hand of God. The longer God seems to take, the better the growth and the fuller the solution.
Whatever we do, the waves and winds don’t lie. Where the seas are rough, ride them, for God will calm them at the right time. Where the winds must be endured, do just that; for, a still and small breeze is coming.
***
Whether we live,
Whether we die,
Those waves and winds,
They don’t lie.
As gentle as a breeze,
Rustling through the leaves,
God’s nature can be trusted,
Don’t trust what deceives.
Go with eternity,
On God alone rely,
His waves and winds will grow us,
Trust them till you die.
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Adversity is no better teacher if we will trust her. Her agents are the winds of hardship as they blow truly and the waves of tumult as they toss violently, yet obedient to the Lord.
Trusting the Lord is never more appropriate than when we are blown by the winds and tossed by the waves. Indeed, this is the very appointed time to trust.
Trust God: the winds and waves don’t lie. God honours everyone who withstands the winds and waves. God never leaves the courageous, and the courageous are the fearful who venture by faith.
© 2014 S. J. Wickham.

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