Walk in Scripture refers to the way we act or behave. God says, when we search after wisdom and understanding, He will give them. This will deliver us from evil men and women. ”That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous” (Prov. 2:1-6, 12, 16, 20). Bad sailors will tear up their lifeship, but those who act wisely will guide their ship aright.
If we walk in the light of the Word, God promises: ”He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly” (Prov. 2:7). A buckler is a shield that makes the darts fly away. When Satan attacks, God will make those arrows glance away from us.
God warns us to keep our feet from the path of sinners. The pirates will seek to entice us. Avoid them; turn the other way.
If we stay in the Logbook, we will gain wisdom and discretion. A discreet sailor thinks things through before he acts. When we do so, we will walk in safety and security. It keeps us from continually stumbling on rough places, from the rocks and shoals.
The wise woman walks in uprightness and fears the Lord. She is an understanding sailor. Her ship sails away from the coral reefs. It reaches the shore safely.
She may be poor, but God blesses her because she is a woman of integrity, of a good character. Others see Jesus in her.
A wise woman listens and learns from her Captain, and acts on this knowledge. She does not put herself above others, but humbly gains wisdom from them.
As a godly sailor, she has a high calling from her Commander. She seeks to follow and honor Him.
She shows concern for the sailors who do not follow His leading. She avoids their pernicious ways and points them to her Captain.
This sailor loves her God, and seeks to let His love flow through her to others. As Christ gave Himself for her, she gives up her own will to serve others.
If she slips, she may crash on the rocks. She watches out carefully for dangers she knows may be near. A circumspect sailor looks all around her to avoid any possible mishaps.
At times the seas may be rough, the waves huge, but in her troubles, God will deliver her as she trusts in Him.
Rough seas come into all our lives as they did in mine. Some of these hard times came because I had not learned to trust God. I called my anxieties ”nerves,” and said, ”I cannot do anything about my emotions.”
A wise counselor quoted, ”The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Neh. 8:10). He said, ”Lynn, you’re carrying too many burdens.” Because I called them ”nerves,” I did not understand.
Soon after my husband passed away, the Lord drew close to me. I realized my nerves had flown away. God lifted heavy burdens from me. The following night my nerves started to return. I prayed, ”Lord, please take them away.” I experienced immediate relief. Since them, I am learning to cast my cares on Jesus. Though far from perfect, I no longer suffer depression.
Excerpt from Our Lifeship, © 2008, Lynn Wallace. (The last three paragraphs on based the article, ”A Cage of Nerves,” Penned from the Heart, Vol. 6, © Lynn Wallace, 1999.) See my bio, about my book, and speaking at www.writingfrommyheart.com.
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