From my office, (Dad Behrman) I see the mountains of the Mosquito Range to the north. Today they are obscured by the descending clouds of an approaching storm. Storms are events that must be expected and preparation must be made for their arrival. At our home, we must have a good supply of firewood and the tools of snow removal must be in place.
As I view these clouds, I am made aware of other storms that are raging in the world around us. The demonic intent of the enemy is rising with greater force and is targeting all that represents therighteousness of God. We are very aware of these storms, however, they have a different effect on the faithful in Christ than on those around us. There is a different reaction in those whose faith wavers and is not firmly anchored in the finished work of Christ. They are disturbed and without hope or they are indifferent and blind as to their own condition.
On the other hand those who trust in Christ have a different mindset. There are certain courses of action that readies them for the storms and also enables them to rise above the storms and carry out God’s will and purpose in their life.
1. They take refuge. Psalms 9:9
2. They take courage. Deuteronomy. 31:6
3. They embrace hope. Hebrews. 10:23
4. They are unhindered by circumstances. Acts 20:24
5. They seize opportunities. Revelation 3:8
6. They are single hearted. Philippians 3:13,14
7. They are confident of their heavenly citizenship. Philippians 3:20
In this new year, it is a good time for us to implement or reinstitute these truths to fully follow the Lord and intentionally serve him no matter what comes our way. The following poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox well describes our successful journey throughout our life.
One ship sails East,
And another West,
By the self-same winds that blow,
‘Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales,
That tells the way we go.
Like the winds of the sea
Are the waves of time,
As we journey along through life,
‘Tis the set of the soul,
That determines the goal,
And not the calm or the strife.