Resistance Isn’t Futile

Michael Beck

“The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters.” (Psalm 29:3)

The sound of waves rhythmically lapping on the shore can be calming to the ear and soul. But out at sea, the constant roar of surging waves, threatening to swamp one’s craft, can be terrifying. How long can one hold out against such a powerful force of nature?

We, at times, feel quite helpless to defend ourselves against the strong emotions or desires that arise within our soul. The insistent voice of passion tells us resistance is futile. Is our only recourse to just yield to what we’re feeling and “go under” the waves?

If we are in Christ, we have divine power to “stay afloat.” We have been given all things that pertain to life and godliness. The great salvation He has purchased for us enables His voice to be greater than any and all passions that would draw us into sin. We can obey God in the sorest temptation.

Psalm 29 begins as an exhortation to worship God:

“Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.” (Psalm 29:1,2)

The voice of sin and Satan says, “Give up! Surrender your mind, your heart, your body to the beat of the drum!” But God’s saints, who have had sin’s dominion broken from off their lives, are under no necessity to listen to this voice. They can submit to God, resist the devil, and see him flee.

God has saved us so that we might worship Him. This worship involves giving Him, and no other, our body and our soul. The faith of our Lord Jesus Christ has given us the privilege and power to obey God at every turn. Life gives us ample opportunity to prove this fact. Discover for yourself that the voice of God in your life can be above the many waters that call for your surrender. Give yourself to God, when temptation is knocking ferociously at your door. Don’t give in to the “siren’s call.” Your joy will be great when the waves have subsided and your soul has returned to its blessed rest.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.