Here in southeast Missouri, we are under a “wind advisory” today. South winds 20 to 30 mph expected with gusts 40 to 55 mph, and I believe it! I woke up this morning listening to the wind howling. I even had to take the door hanger off of my front door because it was “clanging!” But, I’m not surprised to find that today is going to be windy – it’s been in the forecast. Everyone who watched the weather or checked their weather app on their phone knew that today was going to be a “wild one,” with a cold front coming through. Everyone had the opportunity to prepare.
What about the times when the winds blow in your walk of life? We may feel like we should have a “bubble” around us that protects us from the “wind,” but alas, we live in the world. And the winds will blow. There will be moments when our faith starts to waver – moments of grief, moments of despair, times when we’re scared. I don’t know why exactly we’re surprised when those times come for as the Lord told his followers, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me, ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Yes, the winds are going to blow! Are you prepared to withstand them? We have been warned to, “Be sober, be vigilant; because our adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8). He already has those “in the world,” he’s looking the YOU! The winds are going to blow. . .
The “secret” to standing tall when the winds of life knock you down is to have deep roots in the Lord. We must “walk in Him. Rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving” (Colossians 2:6b-7). By “putting on the whole armor of God, we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). My Friends, may we be able to say, “Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee” (Psalms 119:11) when the wind blows. For assuredly, the winds will blow. . .
Simply blessed, Courtney