One thing about paddling into bigger waves is that you need to pick your line even before the wave comes past.
If you leave it too late and drop in without angling your board in the right direction the force of the wave will push you off balance and take you off course. In other words, if your attempting to catch a wave without a predetermined direction, your default will always result in mouthfuls of sand and lungful’s of seawater!
In a similar way, the default of our heart is always set on self preservation and selfishness. The bible says that the default of our hearts is ‘deceitful and wicked’.
Although king Rehoboam came from a line of Kings that followed the Lord with ‘all of their heart’s’, he still had to be intentional in setting the course that his own heart would take. However for an unknown reason he neglected this essential step, and therefore his heart fell into the default mode of self preservation and evil:
‘He did evil, for he did not set his heart to seek the Lord’ – 2 Chronicles 12:14 (ESV)
As a result of refusing to set his heart to seek the Lord, he lost his balance. His kingdom became divided, his authority was dramatically diminished and his purpose was only partially realised.
There are many things in life that lay claim to a piece of our heart. Whether it’s deceptive distraction or blatant disregard to what matters most, the waves of the world will always seek to push you off balance and rob you from all God has for you.
However those who choose set their hearts towards seeking the Lord before the waves begin rolling in have the best chance to ride the biggest waves and survive the stormiest weather.
There are times we need to take another grip as our heart begins to slip through our hands and fall back into default mode:
‘So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet’ – Hebrews 12:12-13 (NLT)
Every one of us has the same opportunity to take a new grip and set our heart in a new direction. As we set our hearts before the waves surge past, no wave will be too big or mountain too high to overcome as we seek Him with everything we have!