Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sea of Uncertainty

This is among some of my first explorations into writing and is from a month long devotional I have never published. The reason I share it today, simply: It follows the theme of re-establishing a vibrant relationship with God.

Lost in a sea
of uncertainty.
The cold wind
slices to the bone,
and here it seems
that only pain is
 known. Unable
 to see why I have come here, or what I am to do. Nothing that
I hear makes it any clearer. The fog is thick, but my compass
appears in fine order. Yet, nothing that I do ends the way I
plan. This storm blew up from nowhere; and minutes before
 it, hit my course was charted and well planned. The storm has
come and with it uncertainty;
why can't my course be clear
 to me? I do not
think I have forgotten
anything. I have not
misplaced any point.
Or, have I not done
something that is
important to the
sailing of my ship?
I am doing nothing
differently, still
nothing is the same.
No matter what I do; my ship
will not respond as it once did. Can someone tell
me what I have forgotten? Oh, yes I remember. Christ died for me.

         I've been a Christian for several years. The last few of those years have been increasingly difficult. It seemed that everything in my life was upside down. My Christian walk started smoothly, but as I pressed on toward the mark of the high calling, things became a little confused. My walk seemed to become cyclical and the same lessons reappeared again and again.

         As I continued in Bible study, I found that I was not the only one to suffer this type of circular walk. The Israelites have, through the course of history, always gone back and forth, round and round, up and down in their relationship with God. Even the disciples had problems with their faith. I guess I thought it should be different for me. After all, that was then and this is now. Everything in our society is instant.

         The issue we face is this: God does not change to fit society. We, as his children, are called to line up with His program; however, we are still under construction in matters of faith. The question, which shapes our lives, must be answered by a personal response to the word of God. Our faith will be expressed in our unique cultural context, but our response must reflect biblical truth.

         We must all learn the same lessons, exercise the same belief in God and His promises that any other generation has; however, modern faith will not re-establish ancient culture.  Our faith will reflect our life situations based on divine truth and personal relationships. It is one thing to know the Bible, and it is quite another to practice what the Bible teaches. When we begin to realize that this life is a Faith walk, and NOT a Cakewalk, or as we begin to practice all that the word of God teaches, we will learn the secret of the easy yoke. I must confess — I have not arrived at that destination yet, but I am beginning to work out my salvation. Uncertainty only comes into my life if I begin to doubt God cares and is involved in my life.

         We all act like spoiled children when the trial we face persists longer than we think it should. As I stated before, this is not a new problem. Just take a look at the reaction of Jesus' first disciples while they were making their way through the Sea. The story is recorded in Mark chapter four.

         Remember they had been with Jesus all that day and had heard Him teaching about the Kingdom of God. His closest followers did not even recognize His authority over the natural world until they had a serious, even life-threatening, problem.

“And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?” — Mark 4:35-38 (KJV)

         Although the disciples asked the question we all need the answer to: “Do You not care?” Reading the rest of the story reveals the eternal truth: Jesus is concerned and will take action in all the events of our daily lives. This truth has brought me to understand in greater detail the passage beginning in Isaiah 43:16. God in the past moved with signs and wonders to come to the defense of His chosen people. Will He do any less for us today?

Thus saith the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow. Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. — Isaiah 43:16-19 (KJV)

         There is not a single situation in our culture to which God will not, or has not already, provided the answer. God has continually worked at calling His people back into right relationship. And, that relationship is one of faith and trust. It is also a lovingly close relationship, as father and son. When we live out our faith in that relationship we are posed to experience life in a new vibrant way. The power and presence of God demonstrated within the context of our lives will refresh us, revive us, and clear up all our uncertainty.

"Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness: I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory." — Isaiah 46:12-13 (KJV)

         We have God's promises; isn't it time we begin to act on them? The only way we can respond is to dig deeper into the storehouse of God's wisdom, which is the Bible, spend more time in prayer, and believe God to move with supernatural power on our behalf. I am calling on any believer who wishes to see this society changed, for the better, to step out, lift high the banner, and join the spiritual battle. The battle for the minds and hearts on this generation is won or lost in our commitment to scripture, and relationships with God and fellow Christians.

         As we respond we must remember these four things. 1. Don't join the fight on the
Devils terms. 2. Don't get caught by the enemy of your soul fighting in the natural — This is a Spiritual battle. 3. Spend time with the Lord, and allow Him to direct your actions. 4. God has the wining battle plan.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. — 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (KJV)

            Spiritual battles are never won when they are being fought according to conventional wisdom. The problems of our society are spiritual; yet, we attempt to overcome them with weapons crafted in the natural realm. Rather than addressing the root problem — Sin, we boycott bookstores that sell pornographic materials rather than upholding the standards of righteousness, peace, and love. We resort to violence to overcome abortion. All of this is done while we misquote, and mishandle the word of God. For me it's too much, I need to rediscover Christ. I need to look back and find my first and greatest love. My mind is plagued with this one searing question. Why don't I understand the mission any more? The answer for me may be found in the fact that there has been no purpose in all my striving. Even now I am taking the first steps toward rediscovery. Will you join me on this journey?

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