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“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 5:58 KJV).

Circumstances change from day to day, and sometimes moment by moment.  These changes can affect us deeply depending on the abruptness and gravity of the situation responsible for the changes.  Some changes are good and some are bad, but all changes will have an affect on us.  How can we be steady, when our world is reeling?  There is only one way—be anchored to something outside ourselves that is unmovable and steady.

My car is equipped with windshield wipers that can wipe intermittently at different speeds or steady at slow or fast speed.  If there is just mist in the air, a slow intermittent swipe is sufficient.  A heavier sprinkle may require a little higher speed of intermittent wiping.  A light rain needs the steady swish, swish in order to keep the windshield clear; but if there is really a downpour, a steady swiping at high speed is necessary to keep my view clear.   

The wipers’ control is on the steering wheel and the off position is between the intermittent and steady positions.  I recall one instance of driving in a light sprinkle of rain with the wipers going at intermittent speed and doing a good job.  Then, suddenly a truck passed me and left my windshield inundated with road splash, wiping out my view of the highway.  I quickly tried to change from intermittent to steady wiping to clear my view.  I miscalculated and ended up in the “off” position instead.  Consequently, I had to practically stop where I was until I could make the necessary change to steady wiping before I could proceed.


I saw a life lesson in that experience.  There may be periods of time in our lives that our temptations or enemy attacks are light and can be dealt with by using intermittent reaction as needed.  But we should be aware that intermittent reaction can be totally inadequate when something suddenly and unexpectedly splashes on life’s windshield.  We need to be totally aware of where the steady resistance position is located and quickly switch to it without hesitation or ending up in the off position. 

Driving an automobile with an unclear forward view can be disastrous!  If we aren’t prepared to change wiping capability instantly and have to stop to make the change, it can also cause an accident from the rear.  Knowing ahead of time how to react and where the positions are is a safety procedure to be determined ahead of time, before it is needed.

 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast..."

The verse above instructs us to be steadfast…always abounding in the work of the Lord.  Always means always!  There is no safe place to park on this highway.  The only safety is in moving forward, following the way marked clearly by the Word, never deviating from the routes.  Many will be the splashes on our windshields caused by those going in the opposite direction, so we have to keep our wipers in good working order, know where to locate the positions of each wiper speed so that our reaction will just be automatic when the need arises. 

“Be sober [have a clear view], be vigilant: because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.  Resist him, steadfast in the faith…” (1 Peter 5:8-9 NKJV).


Satan’s tactics are to keep our windshields clouded and our wipers worn or malfunctioning so we can’t see his attempt to lure us away from the King’s Highway onto a detour where he hopes to wreck us.  Since we have been warned and we know that, God expects us to be prepared with wiper strength and with the knowledge of keeping the wipers replaced as needed and at the right speed to keep the view clear--the Word cleanses and equips up; the Holy Spirit empowers us with knowledge, bringing to our remembrance all the things that we have stored in our hearts from the Word. 

Another facet of the wipers is human reaction to life situations.  Consider personal relationships.  When confronted with disagreeable confrontations, we need to keep the wiper reaction time at a slow intermittent speed, giving time for the engrafted Word to be activated by the Holy Spirit before we put our thoughts and mouths in gear.  The “natural” reaction in unpleasant encounters is to flip the control over to the steady, fast speed immediately in self-defense.  The potential danger is serious and can be irreversible.  Words are powerful tools and once used can never be recalled and may be an echo~~”echo”~~for our lifetime.

 “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord” (Romans 12:19 NKJV).  We negate God’s obligation to avenge us if we try to avenge ourselves.  I recall a very wise pastor telling us that the best way to eliminate an enemy is to make him your friend.  Very wise words. 


The relationship control is in our hands.  We can defensively react with high speed and momentarily wipe off the pain splashed in our view, but the resultant backsplash could have long-lasting results that will require a visit to the Master Mechanic for a major repair to avoid permanent damage to the relationship.  So when dealing each other, we need to keep the wiper reaction speed in the slow, intermittent position or maybe “off”; but when facing the splashes of Satanic attacks, immediately turn the control to fast, steady speed and never hesitate at the off position lest he have an advantage. 

Paul said, “Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive.  For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:10-11 NKJV).


It’s time to check our wipers, and synchronize them with the Word.  Know where the speed positions are so that there is no hesitation when we get splashed.  Know when to use intermittent reaction or steady speed.  When dealing with relationships, let the off position be Love.  Stop and let Love have His perfect way.

Another important reaction is to our relationship with our Heavenly Father.  There are so many voices tugging on our ears and trying to lodge in our minds that we will have to fine tune our receptors to recognize His.  The best way to know His voice is to become familiar with it.  The familiarity comes from frequently hearing Him.  Our memories will grow dim of the voice of God if we don’t keep in touch with Him regularly.

When God called the young boy, Samuel, he had not heard God speak; so he thought Eli was calling him from his sleep.  This had to happen the third time before Eli got the message that God was trying to contact Samuel.  (1 Samuel 3).  Actually, Eli wasn’t familiar with God’s voice either.  “The word was precious [scarce] in those days; there was no open vision” (1 Samuel 3:2).  The sinfulness of Eli’s priest-sons and his own nonchalant attitude toward the sanctity of the temple and worship had dulled his senses and his hearing so much he wasn’t hearing from God any more.  God had to speak through the child, Samuel, to give Eli a message. 


When God speaks, our reaction is to be immediately receptive.  Turn the “wipers” on full force to remove every particle of static that would interfere with the message.  Listen intently with every sense we have so we won’t miss anything He wants to say to us.  Once we have the message then it is time to react at maximum speed in obedience.  The more often we hear God’s voice, the quicker we will be able to recognize it and react when He speaks.


Points to Ponder

  • Don’t wait until you are in a storm to check the condition of your wipers (reactions).  Storms are inevitable and wipers necessary, so be prepared.


  • Though he is not omniscient, Satan has observed our behavior and knows what pushes our buttons.  We need to remember what pushes them also, so we are always prepared to react accordingly.


  • Splashes hit our windshields of life at unexpected times, in unanticipated ways.  We have to keep our hand at the wiper controls and be ready to have a proper reaction.


  • When facing Satanic attacks, our wiper speed needs to be steady and in full force.


  • When dealing with human relationships, a slow reaction time is best.


  • We must know where the speed positions are so that there is no hesitation when we get splashed.


  • We need to be alert and aware to be able to determine whether to use intermittent reaction or to react with steady persistent speed.


  • When dealing with relationships, let the reaction position of “off” be Love.  Stop! And be a love-reactor.


  • God wants to hear from us, and even more He wants us to hear from Him.  When we have swept our vision clear with Holy Ghost wipers, cleared our ears of every other worldly voice, we will hear His.  “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).













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