Can you hear it? The sound of ocean waves? White Gulls call in the distance, searching for food and a place to settle in for the night. The waves are relentless. So much power. They crash against distant rocks rising from the ocean floor. Flotsam from distant shores wash onto our own. A occasional riptide reveals itself, the telltale ripple slicing with increasing velocity across the water’s surface. It is a mesmerizing environment, peaceful in its spacious grandeur; invigorating in its overwhelming power.
I go to the ocean shores to be reminded again of God’s surpassing glory, his power and manifest love. I go there to cry out loud, to talk to him, but mostly to listen.
And he speaks. He reminds me that “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he moved our transgressions from us” (Ps 103:12 NASB).
A comforting thought, but not without sobering warning. For he also reminds me that “it is time for judgment to begin with the house of God” (1 Peter 4:17a NASB). Therefore, I rely on his grace based on the person and work of Jesus Christ. Yet, I also pursue godliness in all aspects of my life. Even so, “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you” (1 Peter 5:10 NASB).
The waves continue their relentless toil. However, their formidable labors pale in comparison to the work of Jesus on our behalf. Jesus came to destroy the work of the devil (see 1 John 3:8 and it’s context). His virgin birth, sinless life, suffering and crucifixion on our behalf, and his bodily resurrection accomplished this purpose. But he isn’t yet finished. Indeed he himself said, “Behold, I am coming quickly, and my reward is with me, to render to every person according to what he or she has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end” (Rev. 22:12-13).