The continuous roll of waves offer many spiritual portraits in describing the thinking and actions of God, people and nations.  In the previous article, roaring waves depicted the wrath of God being poured out on Christ as He hung on the Cross to accomplish salvation for mankind.  Perhaps that is the most graphic and extreme analogy found in Scripture, for no person was ever subjected to the justice of God in payment for the sins of the world.  That was reserved for the humanity of Christ as God Himself took on human flesh so that He might reconcile man back to Himself and offer all who believe in Christ the privilege of being called the sons of God. “Now all these things [the new creation in Christ] are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation” (2 Cor 5:18-19). To a troubled soul there can be peace with God through faith in Christ … “Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope [confidence] of the glory of God” (Rom 5:1-2). For all who place their faith in Christ, there is the calm assurance spoken of by the Apostle Paul that … “there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom 8:1). This same God offers His peace during the storms of life that come as surely as waves roll onto the sand.  “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:6-7).  This is the peace of God as His Word is learned and applied, resulting in rest amidst the tempests of life.  The Apostle Peter in writing to the churches of Asia Minor urged them in the closing words of his second letter to … “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).  Likewise, Paul challenged the Christians living in the area of Ephesus to be firm in the faith, established and steadfast for God had made every provision for their spiritual advance. “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fulness of Christ.  As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love” (Eph 4:10-16).  In a world reeling from the manifestations of evil and sin, the Christian is not to be inundated by the roaring waves that seem to be ever growing in their ferocity.  In a beautiful hymn by Hugh Stowell, these words were penned …“From every stormy wind that blows, from every swelling tide of woes, there is a calm, a sure retreat, ‘tis found beneath the mercy seat.”

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