My office has a large window that looks out into the woods behind my house. It’s windy today, and I’ve been watching the wind blow the trees back and forth as the weather gears up for what could be a big storm tonight. The very tall and thin trees sway in the breeze, and it’s actually beautiful to watch…as long as you don’t think about the damage they could do if the wind caught it just right and knocked it over a little too close to my house!
God uses nature as lessons in the Bible a lot. The wind is spoken of often, and since Table 8 (my Monday night Bible study) is studying James, chapter 1, verse 6 immediately came to mind; “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”
The Bible speaks to our belief in our Creator. We don’t want to be blown about as we seek God. We want to be confident in who He is and what He does. We should know that His promises to us are good and true and pure. He has the best plan for us, the best future.
The wind can cause great damage when we are not firmly rooted in the truth and knowledge that is God. We should be sure of His character and not be tossed about by the winds of uncertainty and sin. We need to firmly root ourselves in Him. That involves a personal relationship with Him. It involves reading God’s Word, ceaselessly praying, involving ourselves in a community of believers. All of those actions allow us to plant deep. When the wind comes and sways us back and forth, we can be confident that the roots are deep enough and our faith strong enough to withstand the potential storm.
I pray, Iron Porch, that we root ourselves deep in Jesus Christ so that the wind, though it staggers us back and forth, knows no power over our Heavenly Father.