Monday, September 18, 2017
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Over the years, our family has had some great times at the New Jersey Shore. And I love to see the Atlantic Ocean with all of its many moods: relatively calm, tide out, tide in, building surf, towering breakers, even angry in a storm. When the waves really start getting high, most swimmers make a wise choice; they get out of the water and they call it a day. But there's another breed out there. They're called surfers. Some on surfboards, some body-surfing, and they don't run out when the monster waves start coming. No, they run in! And they ride those monsters!
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Spiritual Surfing."
Oswald Chambers, the author of "My Utmost for His Highest," suggests that those huge waves that frighten the average swimmer will actually thrill a surfer; same wave, two different perspectives. To one, the big wave is something to run from. To another, the big wave is something to ride.
Well, it's that way with all of us, when some of life's monster waves come crashing in on us. Maybe some awful news, or a challenge we just don't have the resources to meet. Maybe that kind of pounding surf is washing over you right now, and you feel like it's threatening to drown you. And as you look ahead, all you can see is more waves that look like liquid mountains out there.
When the big waves start hitting, you can sink or you can surf. Staying on top of the waves was Paul's choice in our word for today from the Word of God. It can be your choice, too, if you ride the unsinkable board that he did. It's recorded in Romans 8:37-39. Paul begins, "In all these things..." Which should make us ask, "What things?"
Well, the preceding verse talks about trouble, hardship, not having life-necessities like food or clothes, suffering for what you believe, danger, even death. So, "In all these things (In other words, the worst things that can happen to you in life), we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." More than conquerors. That means you can actually be on top of the waves instead of having the waves on top of you. Not because you're so strong, but because you're sustained and empowered by the greatest love in the universe.
Paul says he can win through any bombardment for one reason: "I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present or the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." In other words, you can look squarely at the most daunting waves and say defiantly, "Jesus loves me. This I know!"
So, if you've anchored your life to Jesus Christ, there's nothing any wave, any storm can possibly do to touch the anchor of your life. You are loved by God, and whatever is bigger than you are, He is bigger than it is! If your life-anchor is anything or anyone else, the big waves are ultimately going to swamp you and they're going to take what you've been hanging onto.
God's master plan for you is to make you as much like Jesus as you can possibly become. And the stormy seas can be for you the times when you say, "I'm going to ride this wave to let it make me more like Jesus than I've ever been before." He wouldn't let it hit you unless it could be for His glory, your good, and your growth.
If you belong to Jesus Christ, then when life's crushing waves come crashing in on you, you will have the Son of God there right beside you, holding you tight, and making you unsinkable.