This was in the August 27, 2018 Journey magazine: “I love the beach, and one of my all-time favorite beach experiences happens every afternoon when most folks have left for the day. I sit at the edge of the water and stare at the evening ocean. The whitecaps crash toward the shore, stirring up sand and shells, washing away any sandcastles left behind. I’m reminded of God’s power and might as I gaze at the water…”
There is nothing more powerful, beautiful, and mind/spirit-altering than the creation of God. The ocean is such a picture of God’s power. The sounds, the movement, the salt air, the sunsets and sunrises. There is an inner quiet that those powerful waves bring right along with the powerful sounds.
I have quoted it before and have told you that I pray these verses for my family, but in Ephesians 1:17-21 we read about how we have in us the power that raised Jesus from the dead. I always, think… “That is a lot of power!” The next thought that has to follow is… “Am I experiencing that kind of power? Where is it? Where is it in the lives of the believers I know?”
In some ways, the ocean is very much like the Power in us. We ask God for peace and in His own unique way, He gives it to us. We sense it, we feel it, we bask in it. The waves of His peace wash away the tension…the false dread we have in our minds (and the knots in our stomachs). We experience His peace for…five minutes…an hour…till the next blow comes or until we tie ourselves up in knots again with our own fear and dread.
His power in us is so much greater than washing away our dread and bringing in momentary peace. It is so much broader. He promises wisdom when we ask. He promises peace when we trust. The list is long.
But we have choices to make. We can grasp that peace and hold on tight by choosing prayer, thoughts of His promises in His word. We can choose to lose our peace five minutes later…an hour later…by thinking our own thoughts right along with whatever the enemy is whispering in our ear. Of course we know that it is second nature to reverse the tide and bring the muck and mire right back into our minds. It is the flesh…not the Spirit that causes our fear and dread to return. We choose whether to go back to our fear and dread or…whatever robs us of our peace.
It is a choice and it is work! There are times when I have to go back to God a hundred times a day. I have found, though…that the spaces between my pleas for peace are greater as I return to Him. You will find the same! The waves of His power do their work. The old stuff is washed away. The refreshment washes back in. It is absolutely worth the work! As we make good spiritual choices, we grow…we change…our faith gets stronger…our peace is more readily achievable. Our peace-muscles are buff!
The power of His resurrection is…truly…in us.
We have choices to make…
James 1:2-8 (NIV)
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;
8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
Ephesians 1:17-20 (NIV)
17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength,
20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,