Last year we learned a lot about hurricanes. We experienced Irma up close and personal!
I remember listening to the wind howling outside our boarded up windows and the creaking of the wood when the strongest gusts came. It went on for hours.
During hurricane season it isn’t uncommon to see pictures of people in the path of a hurricane. The meteorologists stand in hurricane force winds and their clothes are whipped and pulled by the gusts as they report on location. They may have trouble standing as the blasts of wind bear down on them. If you‘ve ever walked outside in strong winds you may have some idea what they are experiencing. And if you are trying to walk, you may have to lean into the wind to be able to make any progress at all.
Sometimes it might feel like that in our everyday lives too. We may feel like we are walking through life against a strong wind. We may feel like we aren’t making any progress at all, maybe we’ve even been knocked down a few times. We might even feel like we just want to give up.
But it may be time to lean into the wind.
The Bible has some encouragement for those times when we feel like we are overwhelmed and about to lose our footing. In 1 Corinthians 15:58 we are told to “…be steadfast, immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” Sometimes we just need to plant our feet and hang on. We know God is able to keep us from falling. To be steadfast means to be determined to stay put, to not give up even in the most difficult times.
The beginning of verse 58 says “therefore.” It refers to something said in the previous verse. What does verse 57 say? It says, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” That is why we can be steadfast! Christ has given us the victory! But there’s more!
We don’t just have to stand there and be assailed by the winds of opposition. We can move forward with confidence! You may be facing gale force winds today. Be encouraged, God has promised to help you. He will not allow you to be overwhelmed.
“When you walk your steps will not be impeded; and if you run, you will not stumble.” – Proverbs 4:12(NASB)