“Captain, The Main Stabilizer Is Broken!”
If you are a Star Trek fan you have heard this many times. A serious condition. All the power the ship has cannot overcome the lack of navigation caused by one of these things breaking. I noticed that they never say, ” Ah,, forget the stabilizer! We don’t need no stinking stabilizer!” Even science fiction cannot ignore this condition.
So are you “stable” in your walk with the Lord? How often are you upset each week about something? How often are you upset about something each week , that in review, was an embarrassingly small thing? Well, all hands on deck, your stabilizer may be broke!
Psalms 1 says a stable person is one who knows who the Lord is, and knows who he is, in the relationship with the Lord. He cannot wait until he can spend time with the Lord who saved Him. It says that he is, ” Like a tree firmly planted by the streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.”
In our world of sound-bite information, you will not find many stable people anymore. We need them desperately; few are willing to do what it takes to become such people. It all seems “to slow” to many.
In my yard is a giant Cottonwood tree. It is about 80 feet tall and about 3 feet in diameter. Somehow, unlike the other one, and a recently deceased one, it thrives! All three trees started at the same time, they tell me. Somehow, this one wise tree, tapped into a steady source of water, where the others ones did not. The one other remaining poor tree seems to do well sometimes, but other times looks to almost die. It has an “unstable” underground attachment to its life source that I cannot see, yet I can see that it is in trouble.
The good tree can lose a limb and the leaves on that limb will wither in a day! I find that amazing. Is it that important for the tree to have moment -by moment connections with is water/ nutrient source? Yes it is. As slow as it might grow, yes it is.
I find it amazing ,also, that some believers think they can double- down on the study of God’s Word one day, and skip living in God’s Word for a long time and be just fine. Never gonna happen. It is hard to be stable, but it must be done.
You have to choose. Three minutes in the Word of God and then 3 hours of watching T.V. is hardly the formula for success. The benefits of having stability, by staying in the Word sounds pretty good to me. And if you really want to know the “why” behind the happenings of your life, then the Word of God is the place to go.
Psalms 19: 7-10
” The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgements of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.”
Psalms 34:8 “O taste and see that the Lord is good.”