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Monday, March 11, 2013

AGAINST THE WIND

     Travelers in the North Atlantic Ocean traffic have frequently observed icebergs traveling in one direction in spite of the fact that strong winds are blowing in the opposite way.  The ice-bergs were moving against the wind.  The explanation is that the great icebergs, with seven-eighths of their bulk under water, were caught in the grip of mighty currents that carried them forward, no matter which way the winds raged.
     Spiritually speaking, for the Christian, when the greater part of our being is thrust down into the deep places of God, we can move forward in righteousness, no matter which way the winds of difficulty and temptation blow.  “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!” (Romans 11:33)  This is why the Psalmist said, “How great are Your works, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep” (Psalms 92:5).
    More than they are amazed by the icebergs, many in the world will be amazed as we move against the powerful winds of this world’s influence, and will desire to understand why and how.  Thus, “sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence” (1 Peter 3:15).  “Let your light shine before men” (Matt. 5:16) as you thrust yourself deeply into the will of God and forge against the winds of the world.


- via THE SOWER, a weekly publication of the Arthur Church of Christ, Arthur, IL. Ron Bartanen, who serves as minister and editor, may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.arthurchurchofchrist.com


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