It was a beautiful Saturday morning and the waves were pretty strong on this Gulf coast beach. Usually Gulf coast waves are not very good for surfing since they do not reach a good height. However there were two surfers that were attracted to the beach on this windy day. I watched them as they paddled out and waited for the incoming wave. They were patient until they saw a wave coming and paddled furiously to catch it. When the wave caught up to them they quickly stood up on their board and rode the wave all the way to shore. They seemed to thoroughly enjoy that wave-empowered ride to the shore.
Waiting for and riding the wave is what it is all about in surfing. The same can be said about our service for the Lord. We need to watch for and wait to see what God is already doing. Where do we see evidence of His hand? Where can we feel the wave of His power displayed? When we see God’s wave moving around us or in our church that is when we need to ride it. We can paddle all day expending energy and fighting against obstacles. But seeing what God is already doing and being a part of it makes the ride so much greater. What evangelism strategies are working? What needs are displayed in our community? What people groups has God surrounded us with? What technology is effective in our culture? Paul admitted to the Corinthians: “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase” (1 Cor. 3:6). Instead of asking the Lord to bless what we are doing we need to do what God is already blessing.
God desires to see the people of our current generation accept His Son as Savior. The gospel is more relevant for a Christless world than it has ever been. God is working, God is moving in our society. Let’s get off those dying waves and open our eyes to partner with God in reaching His world with the gospel of Christ.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation