I have two important anchors that keep me safe during the sea storms of life: God’s promises and the truth about His character.
The seas of my emotions rock and roll like the external circumstances of my life but my anchors hold because God is immutable. I change continuously, but God never does. Consequently, God always remains faithful to His promises. Furthermore, God always acts consistent to His own character. In regards to His sovereignty, this means that God is always in control. No matter what I experience or how discombobulated my life or our world appears to be, I rejoice in the truth that the Lord is good and does good (Psalm 119:68). If you are a Christian, Romans 8:28 probably came to your mind already. It is a wonderful promise for all of God’s people. Everything our omnipotent God does is for His great glory and our great good. In other words, nothing just happens to me. Chance and luck do not exist. Both pleasant and unpleasant events are filtered through the hands of the sovereign Potter. Isn’t this why we are commanded to give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18)? Since everything I am facing is from God and since everything is working together for my good, I am to thank Him. He is doing exactly what I deeply desire for Him to do. He is glorifying Himself and making me more glorious, continuing that good work He alone began (Phil. 1:6). Through the difficulties I am facing, and will face in the future, I am comforted to know that I am progressing from one degree of glory to another (2 Cor. 3:18).
Are you encouraged as you think about these biblical truths? If you know God the Father through God the Son, these facts work wonders in your soul and fuel your faith for persevering during the dark and disturbing days when the sea billows roll. They serve to keep your small boat from capsizing due to the impressive waves.
Last Sunday, our pastor reminded us of the greatness of God from the passage in Daniel quoted above. Reread those verses and rejoice in the Ancient of Days. Truly, Jesus Christ is the King of kings and Lord of lords. How thankful we are that theology penetrates our trenches!