Living Without Sail or Rudder

“Faith is a thing of the mind.  If you do not believe that God is in control and has formed you for a purpose, then you will flounder on the high seas of purposelessness, drowning in the currents and drifting further into nothingness.  I pondered, one day, as I read the story of Noah.  The Bible supplies every detail of the ark:  how high, how wide, what kind of wood—the comprehensive blueprint.

Yet two details are conspicuously absent:  no sail and no rudder.  Imagine preparing to float on water for that many days with nothing to control the direction of the ship!

We think that if only we were in control, everything would be fine.  God made it imperative in the design of life that we become willing to trust beyond ourselves.  Walking by faith means to follow Someone else who knows more than we do, Someone who is also good.

The Bible is a book on life building, written for us as we sojourn on this planet.  Interestingly, it also tells us that the rudder and sail remain in God’s control and that we enter the high seas with the understanding that we must trust Him.  If you do not have the mind of faith, then you will fall into repeated peril–and God will get the blame.”

Ravi Zacharias/The Grand Weaver

(Photo Credit: Carol Oust)


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