Under the Waves…or Riding Them?

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

~Romans 8:37-39

One of my favorite devotional books is My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, who has the uncanny ability to dive deep very quickly and cut to the heart of the reader to implant the truth of God’s Word. I am challenged by his writings, and often encouraged when I surrender myself to hearing God’s principles spoken so directly to my need.

Perhaps my favorite Utmost devotional of all time centers on Romans 8:37 and is entitled The Source of Abundant Joy. In it, Chambers writes:

Huge waves that would frighten an ordinary swimmer produce a tremendous thrill for the surfer who has ridden them.

How often do we get pummeled by the very wave God sent for us to ride out? Chambers also writes:

The underlying foundation of the Christian faith is the undeserved, limitless miracle of the love of God that was exhibited on the Cross of Calvary; a love that is not earned and can never be. Paul said this is the reason that “in all these things we are more than conquerors.” We are super-victors with a joy that comes from experiencing the very things which look as if they are going to overwhelm us.

Today, you may not feel like a “super-victor,” but can I challenge you to ride above the wave and see if that isn’t exactly what God elevates you to be?

Here’s another perspective that will bless you. I’m praying today’s hard circumstances bring you to the feet of Jesus, and that He makes you a super-victor!

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