Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me”
1 Corinthians 3:11, “No other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ”
Countless icebergs float in the frigid waters around Greenland. Some of them are small while others tower skyward. At times the small ones move in one direction while their gigantic counterparts go in another direction. The small icebergs are subject to the surface winds; whereas, the huge icebergs are carried along by the deep ocean currents that lie beneath the water.
My beloved, our lives are subject to two similar forces. The wind represents everything changeable, unpredictable, and distressing. But simultaneous with these adverse gusts or gales is another force more powerful than anything on the surface. It’s the undisputable movement of God’s purposes and the deep flow of His unchanging love, mercy and grace. It’s in that unseen current that we must rest the destiny of our souls once and for all.
It is recorded for us in the Old Testament, when the psalmist was buffeted by distressing thoughts of the prosperity of the wicked, he went into the sanctuary to get alone with God. Only then did he regain perspective (Psalm 73:17), and Job faced his disasters by affirming; “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15). And the apostle Paul, realizing that he had been “crucified with Christ,” could say, “We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed” (2 Corinthians 4:8). My brethren, as we keep trusting the Lord, the surface winds of this life won’t move us. Rather, we’ll be carried along with the deep current of God’s love, mercy, grace, power and protection.
Maybe you’re reading this and are feeling a big frightened about events in your life? Maybe it seems as if you are surrounded by the open waters of relationship problems, money woes, or simply an inability to put your life in order. Perhaps you feel as if you’re drowning in a sea of trials and troubles.
As a child of God, He didn’t promise that your life would be easy and indeed it may not be. He has promised to sustain you in your struggle and uphold you with His mighty arm. If you trust Him, He will empower you to make your way bravely through extraordinary difficulty with faith, hope, and love. The trials God permits in your life will lead to His praise and glory, if only you will abide in Him, and rest your feet on the only solid foundation in this life that being Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11).
His Eternal Word tells us that His mercies and compassions are “new every morning” (Lamentations 3:22-23). Just as each new day presents us with a different challenge, the Lord reveals the beauty of His character, the fulfillment of His promises, and the tender provision of His grace. We don’t know what today or tomorrow may bring our way; however, we do know that God will astound us with His unfailing and every-new compassions.
Better the storm with Christ as our anchor than the smooth waters without Him.