Ecclesiastes 11:3-4 – “If the clouds are full, they empty out rain upon the earth. Whether a tree falls to south or north, the tree lies wherever it falls. 4 Whoever keeps watching the wind will not sow and whoever gazes at the clouds will not reap.” TLV
John 19:19-22 – “Pilate also wrote a sign and put it on the execution stake. It was written, “YESHUA HA-NATZRATI, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” 20 Many Judeans read this sign, because the place where Yeshua was executed was near the city; it was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. 21 The ruling kohanim of the Judeans were saying to Pilate, “Don’t write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that He said, ‘I am King of the Jews.’”
22 “What I have written, I have written,” Pilate answered.” TLV
We have considered the Wind Watcher and the Cloud Watcher Christian, the pitfalls, problems, and solutions and now we will consider the last of the three types of Christians I mentioned at the outset.
THE FAITHFUL THROUGH IT ALL…
This is the person who receives the Word of God, receives the Pardon of Jesus, and is Born-Again. They live a life of consistency and prayer is a cornerstone of life for them. They are faithful to the LORD in all things and at all times. Their focus is the Person, Power, Provisions, and Promises of God. They have Vision. They have Hope. They have resolved to completely surrender their entire being to Jesus.
They are a picture of the Psalm 1 believer and demonstrate the life expressed in Psalm 126:6 – “Whoever keeps going out weeping, carrying his bag of seed, will surely come back with a song of joy, carrying his sheaves.”
This person sees the wind and is not deterred because they know that God is All-Powerful. They see the clouds and remain confident that God is their keeper and deliverer. They sow in hope and reap in joy. They know that it is God who gives the increase and their responsibility to obey. They are anchored in the Rock and although night approaches and darkness surround them, they Trust!
The writer of Proverbs offers a warning that this believer receives and embraces, “There is a way that seems right to man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” They know that the easy way may not be the right way. They live in the light of the truth of James 1:2, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials.” Why? Because they embrace the rest of the passage expressed by James that testing produces endurance and the perfect work of endurance is spiritual maturity and full provision by the God of all creation.
The directive that Obedience is better than Sacrifice resonates in their hearts and they, like the three Hebrew Children before Nebuchadnezzar, “we know our God can, but even if He does not deliver us, we won’t bow before anyone but Him.”
It is imperative that we remember we are saved by Grace! We need to remind ourselves that through Jesus we can do all things! We must never forget that there will be trials, tests, and temptations in life. But hold to the truth of 2 Corinthians 12:9 where Paul relates the promise of Jesus,” My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
Remember the words of Jesus in Mark 9:23, “All things are possible for one who believes!”
As we conclude I urge you to hold in your heart and mind that your Life is a book being written. What you write you write! The conclusion can be ‘Victorious Through Christ. Overcomer by the Blood of the Lamb’ or it can be “Defeated in the end or stopped before you started.’
If you are finding it difficult to live victoriously then I urge you to run to the Cross and surrender your entire being to God. Allow the Holy Spirit to enable you to abide in Jesus and allow His Words to abide in you. Be transformed by the renewing of our mind and think on things above not be sidetracked by what you see in the here and now. Return to the well of living water and drink.
God bless you as you write the book of your life by His Grace! May the Grace and Peace of God go with you each step of the way!