“I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.”
This quote is often attributed to Charles Spurgeon and, while there is no reliable evidence that he actually said these words, it is a powerful quote speaking of how times of suffering can draw us closer to God, and encouraging us to embrace that in the midst of life’s storms. Dave Furman draws on it for the title of his book released earlier this year- Kiss The Wave: Embracing God In Your Trials.
He is no stranger to trials, having lived with a debilitating nerve condition in both arms for several years and, in this book, he explores what it means to “kiss the wave.” How can we know God’s presence and see him working for good in the midst of our trials?
It is a book that is firmly rooted in biblical truth, exploring different aspects of the Gospel and how they relate to our relationship with God during times of suffering. It is full of encouragement to look to God, to hold to the truth that he is sovereign over any storm we face, and to recognise that he is working in our trials for our good and for his glory, even when we struggle to discern it. It provides hope that God is with us and we are not forgotten.
Over the past few months, I have been dealing with an unwanted “wave.” (I’ll share more in an update on Monday) I’m not sure I’ve managed to “kiss” it, but I have known God’s presence and seen him at work, and I found this book provided timely encouragement.
Some of my particular highlights were:
The reminder that when God’s timing is not the same as ours, it is for good reason:
“Jesus could have stopped the storm in an instant, but he was not concerned with helping the disciples make a timely arrival to Bethsaida. He wanted something bigger than that. He wanted the disciples to understand that he was (and is!) in control over the entire universe. He wanted to reveal his character to them.”
The importance of constantly preaching truth to our own hearts:
“Not all of us are called to preach the gospel to a church on a Sunday morning, but all of us are called to preach truth to our own hearts each day.”
The chapter on idolatry, which identified several idols we may be worshipping that are often revealed to us through times of suffering- such as comfort, security, significance, and control- and the challenge to learn to look to God instead of to these other things.
I think this book would be helpful to anyone experiencing the trials of life, whatever their specific situation.
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