In Saginaw Bay, Michigan, in the stormy waters of Lake Huron, there is a place called Charity Island. The lighthouse on this island was used by sailors as a navigational aid to safely sail through these waters for more than 70 years. Those sailors strongly believed that the island was placed there because of the “charity of Almighty God.” I wonder if they realized just how right they were in thinking this thought!
Every good gift is given through the charity—that is, the benevolent love and good will—of God.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Our God has given us a variety of good gifts to help us navigate the turbulent waters of life; without them, we would almost surely founder. Let’s take a brief look at two of these gifts: the Playbook and the People of God.
– The Playbook –
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
Like the lighthouse on Charity Island, the Word of God is a “lighthouse” that guides us through difficult and troubling circumstances, warning us of the rocky shoals that will shipwreck our lives. God has ordained the Bible to renew our minds, reorient our hearts, and realign our wills.
– The People of God –
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
The Bible knows nothing of the solitary saint; we were made for community. When Jesus saved us, He placed us in the body of Christ for relationship. And it is through those relationships that we are encouraged and strengthened to face the storm winds that blow our way.
We find our own “Charity Island” in both the Playbook and the People of God. Both are given by God to assist us in our walk with Christ. Jesus promised us that in this world we would face trouble and trials of many kinds, but He did not leave us to face any of them alone!
And in addition to the Playbook and the People of God, we have the Prince of Peace, who is our true Charity Island.
God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
Ultimately, it is Jesus who stills the storms and calms the seas in our lives. The psalmist assured us of this truth: “He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven” (Psalm 107:29-30).
Remember, God not only guides us to the safe haven, He is our safe haven . . . Jesus is our Cosmic Charity Island!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!