You Need Something Greater
You Need Something Greater
I don’t get to surf as much as I used to, but whenever I do I’m reminded how the ocean forces you to meditate on God’s absolute power and control.
For example, the ocean forces you to wait on God. Have you ever seen a bumper sticker that said Pray for Well Groomed Putting Greens or Pray for a Nicely Waxed Gym Floor? Nearly every sport in the world can be astro-turfed or super-domed or snow-machined to consistent perfection. Not ocean sports. You’re always at God’s mercy, and that means even the most depraved surf punk gets on his knees once in a while and begs God for a solid swell with glassy conditions.
Also, the ocean forces you to be humble. If you get caught on the inside when a big set comes, you’re taking anywhere from 1000 to 6000 pounds per square foot of pressure on your head. When you catch a wave, one wrong move and you’re thrown over the falls, then dragged along the reef. You’ll wash up on shore a bloody mess of shark chum. You’ve been humbled by God.
The ocean also forces you to move where God moves. According to Psalm 107 the waves of the sea are raised up by God himself. When you get on a surfboard, you’re forced to go where he goes because the same break will be different every day. Depending on the swell and the wind, you might be forced to go left or you may be able to go right. Depending on the tide, you might have to kick out of the wave before you hit dry reef, or you may be able to ride all the way to the sand.
The unstoppable force of the ocean can either propel you or pound you. Drive you or destroy you. It depends on how you position yourself in relationship to the wave.
In the same way, God’s absolute power and control over the world and over your life is an unstoppable force. You can align yourself with it and be propelled beyond what you could imagine. Or you can try to fight against it and be pounded into the sand.
That’s the point of the story of Daniel. He’s a teenager who found himself forcibly ripped from his home and dragged to a foreign land. But he saw the sovereign and gracious hand of God behind it all.
He recognized that God is greater than our challenges, our work, our fears, and our weaknesses, so he made a conscious decision to move in the direction of God’s commands and God’s guidance. He rode the wave! The kings and emperors around him went the opposite direction, and they found themselves crushed by the wave.
We were designed to live for something greater than ourselves, and Daniel shows us exactly what that looks like. Join us this Sunday as we begin our study of the book of Daniel and see the God who is greater than our trials and temptations. Bring a friend!