“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth,” Colossians 3:1-2 ESV. Here, the apostle Paul speaks to believers as if their ascension into heaven has already happened! It has! The moment we die to ourselves and take Christ as LORD we immediately begin transitioning from this world being our life-source and start living out of Heaven’s resources and power! We may boldly believe and declare, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” Philippians 4:18 ESV. To be clear, I can’t do just anything I want, but I CAN do whatever God wants! So, the things He commands in His Word are not suggestions, they are marching orders, backed up by His unlimited resources! LORD, use me for Your Glory as You desire.
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls,” Matthew 11:29 ESV. An approaching storm at sea can come so fast that there is no way to avoid it. Both Captain and crew are put to a test that can last for days on end. Growing weary in fights against these unrelenting tempests is a normal part of life on the seas. Exhaustion can be just as hazardous as the gale itself; making bad decisions increasingly becomes a dangerous potential. Dropping anchor to get some rest can be the only wise course of action. For the child of God, there is also rest in the storm that only our Heavenly Father can provide. I must cease from my own works to allow Him to do His Divine Work. The great hymn “My Hope Is Built” proclaims: “In every high and stormy gale, My anchor holds within the veil.” Dearest Father, Captain of My Soul, my anchor holds. I am at rest in Your Promises.