i'm reading through Completely Irresistable by Shannon Ethridge during my quiet time.
((i LOVE Shannon Ethridge and definitely encourage young women to read Completely His and Every Young Woman's Battle. two incredibly powerful books, especially the latter!))
but my devotional reading for today was entitled "Swim Against The Tide".
she recounts a story of a family vacation where she and her family went white-water rafting and the boat hit a pile of rocks, stopping the boat, but her daughter got thrown out and was swept away. her daughter was able to cling to a rock until the boat was set free by the guide and she was able to be pulled out of the water and back into the boat.
i loved this quote:
"Swimming against the current is incredibly difficult - both in white water and in our world. Without a rock to hold on to, we can get swept away far too easily. Even with a rock to grasp, in the midst of strong surrounding currents we can grow weary at times...Not only are we to cling to God, our solid Rock, as Christians we are called to be a rock that can help others resist the pull of a sinful world."
We all know that God is our strong tower, our refuge and strength, our rock and our Redeemer (Proverbs 18:10; Proverbs 18:2; Psalm 19:14)
but i always forget that i'm called to be rocks for others.
we're called to live in community and to build each other up in Christ's love. (Ephesians 4:29)
we're called to pray for each other.
we're also called to rebuke our brothers and sisters in order to (Luke 17:3-4; 2 Timothy 4:2)
it's not always going to be easy to hear.
swimming against the tide never is.
we live in a broken world where our desires, more often than not, go against the teachings of Christ.
pride and power reign.
money is ultimate.
but that's not what Christ teaches.
we are to be humble in spirit. (Proverbs 29:23; Matthew 18:3-4)
we are to live lives apart from sexual immorality. (1 Corinthians 6:12-20;
we are to serve God, not money, for we cannot serve both. (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13)
but these things will ultimately fail us.
i will be the first to admit that i fail in all those areas - among others. i tend to go with the flow of the world, rather than to cling to my Rock, because it's easy. because it "feels right", but 1 Peter 4 reminds us that we are to live for God - set apart, not in the world. we are equipped for good works, not for ourselves, but for the glory of Christ. we cannot allow the false promises of the world to overshadow the faithful promises of truth that come in Christ. When we cling to the true Rock and Redeemer that never fails, never changes, and always loves, we can be assured of hope, a future, and a plan that is far greater than anything we could ever ask or imagine (Jeremiah 29:11; Ephesians 3:20)
we are called to live holy, set apart lives (2 Peter 1:14-16; Colossians 3:2).
for when we live godly lives, we bring glory and honor to His kingdom! (Matthew 5:16)