If you are not aware of Rev. Alistair Begg, I would suggest you check him out at Truthforlife.org. This morning in his daily devotional on Jeremiah 49:23, I would like to share the first paragraph with you:
“We are unaware of what sorrow may be upon the sea at this moment. We are safe in our quiet room, but far away out to sea the hurricane may be cruelly seeking the lives of men. Imagine the bitter winds howling through the rigging, the timbers heaving as the waves beat like battering rams upon the boat! God help you, poor drenched and wearied ones! I am praying to the great Lord of sea and land, that He will make the storm calm and bring you to your desired haven! I ought not simply to pray; I should try to help those brave men who risk their lives so constantly. Have I ever done anything for them? What can I do? How often does the boisterous sea swallow up the sailor!”
Today in America, Christians are now being persecuted at nearly every turn. Such a natural response as “bless you” to a sneeze can get you expelled from school. If it isn’t the hate-filled atheists fighting so hard against us (something I have never understood…if there is no God, then just let we Christians be wrong), if not the atheists then it is the New Age groups, the Gospel of Health & Wealth groups, or the Emergent Church or some other such apostate group. A storm is brewing my friends; a chaotic sea, tossing your boat about, which has the power to throw you into the abyss. What will calm your personal storm? What is the lighthouse to show you the rocky cliffs awaiting to tear apart your boat?
Read Matthew 14:22-33. As Peter stepped out on the water to go to Jesus, what allowed him to place that first foot down? Why would he even try to walk on water? Any fisherman knows you can’t walk on water, so what made Peter put his leg over the side of the boat and lower that first foot down? Answer, an over-whelming faith in his Lord Jesus Christ that transcended any worldly consideration of present reality. What made Peter start to sink? Answer, when he loss his focus on Jesus Christ and began to doubt. Where are you today?
Make Jesus your lighthouse! Allow the Word of God, the Logos, to provide navigation through the rough seas of life! Stay Biblically orientated, for God’s Word will light your pathway. There are many sharks in the water trying to get to you; I implore you to get close to the saving LORD, “Captain Jesus”…the only One who loves you so very much, He redeemed you from your sins and now desires to steer you to the safe waters of Paradise!