I’m not a fan of sea fog. One moment you’re having a nice day at the beach, and the next moment fog comes from nowhere and steals the warmth and light of the sun. Instead of blue sky, there is nothing but gloom, dampness, and cold air.
So, when I go to Huntington Beach to preach the gospel each Saturday, I keep a jacket in reserve so that I’m never caught off-guard by the fog.
If you’re a Christian with a desire to reach the lost, you will know that the enemy will often send sea fog your way. Of course, we all know that the fog doesn’t remove the warmth and light of the sun. It just hides it.
“When we share the gospel, we are planting precious seed, and only God knows the soil on which it lands.”
We also know that discouragement doesn’t remove the warmth and light of the love of God. We just need to keep the jacket of faith handy when the fog comes. That jacket is the knowledge that our labor is never in vain in the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58). We are therefore never discouraged by a lack of visual results.
The key is to always keep in mind that when we share the gospel, we are planting precious seed, and only God knows the soil on which it lands.
I received a phone call late in 2017 from a trucker named Steve. He told me that back in 2009, he had found a CD of my message called “Hell’s Best Kept Secret,” and listened to it in his truck. It expounds the absolute necessity of preceding the message of the gospel with the Law of God. This is what Jesus and the apostles did. And so, we should follow that example and open up the Ten Commandments to give the sinner the knowledge of sin (Romans 3:20), before we speak of God’s love expressed in the cross.
This was the biblical principle used by the great preachers of the past, such as Charles Spurgeon, John Wesley, George Whitefield, and others.
Steve was impressed with what he heard, so when he dropped into a truck repair shop in Cincinnati, he shared the gospel with a mechanic who was working on a truck.
However, the man was unresponsive. It seemed that the principle didn’t work. But something did happen unknown to Steve.
“Never, ever let the fog of discouragement settle on you. Your labor is never in vain.”
A short time later, another mechanic approached him and said that while Steve was talking to the first man, he was under the truck repairing it. He said that he hung onto Steve’s every word and was so overcome with conviction, he stopped working, went outside and yielded his life to Christ.
Never, ever let the fog of discouragement settle on you. Your labor is never in vain.