In the measure of mess seen in the world, uncertainty has a way of tossing one about. As waves lifting the vessel to scary heights only to crash back down again are the problems many faces daily. Circumstances that provoke fear instead of inspiring faith.
The catch all of it is whatever side one spends the most thought in, it has the strongest hold on that life. If it is one faith, then with one foot in front of the other one will march forward into depths unknown without regard to the thrashing swells of the sea. But if it is in fear, the move forward becomes halted. Continuing to sail to the other side no longer seems a viable option, thus one cries out as the disciples did, “Master, carest thou not that we perish,” (Mark 4:38)?
Of course, He cares. He loves you. You are His and He is riding in the boat of life with you. He has never abandoned you. He has never forsaken you. People are the ones who have allowed the fear and uncertainty around to obscure their view of the Savior.
Refocus on Him. Imagine His protection covering you as the most indomitable shield. Thus He is at the helm of your life, speaking, “Peace, be still,” (Mark 4:39). What comfort that brings to the tossed soul knowing He still has it all in His hands.
So, “Why are ye so fearful,” (Mark 4:40)?
Fearfulness comes from lack of belief. The storms want us to see things through the lens of the ferocious wind-tossed seas, but Jesus wants us to see them as being subdued already under His dominion and authority. He wants His people to believe more in the promises of His word than the fearsomeness of the waves.
In Him we are safe, secured, and loved. Therefore, as the psalmist reminds us:
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident,” (Psalm 27:1-3).
In other words, we are safe in Him!
In a baseball game, safe means one has arrived at the base untouched and unhindered. I can’t promise you that life will never touch you in an attempt to knock you out of the running. But, riding with Jesus you can still arrive safe.
Today, whether it’s snowing, raining, dreary, cold, cloudy, wet, or dismal, it can be sunny in your soul as the Savior shines His light on you wherever you are. Savior, shine on me!
Have you ever experienced those moments of dryness? Some call it a rut that one gets into when things no longer seem to be flowing in their life as it should. It can be a spiritual rut, a relationship rut or whatever; the idea is things are dry and are not growing as they should. It is during these times we need to pray for God to water us in the wilderness and to send us rivers when we feel like we are in desert places.
There is a lot of inner dialogue that goes on and there is a lot of outer dialoguing that goes on. The inner dialogue comes from the person within. It talks to oneself sometimes words of encouragement, and that’s okay. But, when it begins to express doubt, confusion and rehearses hurt repeatedly, it becomes a dangerous voice causing one to lose out on some of the best stuff God has for them.
The outer dialogues we hear daily comes from the voices all around. Again, sometimes one may hear words of love, but when these voices speak criticism, discouragement, and put-downs, their words need to be silenced and replaced because they are not doing anything to one up or to help along the way.
Any voice, inner or outer, which speaks contrary to the words of the Father, must be made to shut up. When the Father speaks, His is a heavenly dialogue, and what He has to say far outweighs any word on earth.
When the Father speaks His words are power. “God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God,” (Psalm 62:11). Every other speech will fail and grow weak when it meets up against the strength of what He has to say. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword…” (Hebrews 4:12).
When the Father speaks His words are fulfilling. “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it,” (Isaiah 55:11). In the sea of worthless words that drown the hearing of this world, God’s Word can be trusted to do what He said He would do. It will succeed at everything spoken of it.
When the Father speaks His words are truth. False speech seems to dominate this world. Whatever the platform, people are careless and deceitful with the words that they throw around. But God’s words are dependable and faithful. They are “truth” (John 17:17) and His words don’t lie (Numbers 23:19). “For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth,” (Psalm 33:4).
When the Father speaks His words are life. Jesus said, “…the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life,” (John 6:63). Not only are His words filled with life-giving power in the here and now, but when He speaks they are words of eternal life (John 6:68). For those who believe in His Word, it will provide them with everything they need to live.
And, when the Father speaks, it is forever. “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever,” (Isaiah 40:8; see also Matthew 24:35). There will never be a time when His Word will not be. All the inner and outer dialogues that take place daily will eventually pass away. But, everything declared in His Word, shall be forever. It’s not going anywhere. Therefore, we can stake our very lives on it, live by it, and hope in it. Because, when the Father speaks, His Word will always be there for us through it all.
Today, when the Father speaks, let His voice be louder than all others and let His words be the strength for your day.