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A prayer for stability


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  • Oct. 05, 2017 - 10:11 PM

By John Crotts

Faith Bible Church

Our lives seem so unstable.

One day things seem OK, but then we hear of a relative diagnosed with a serious disease. Recently, we have heard about massive upturnings in the lives of those affected by the devastating hurricanes and the wicked shootings. With so many possibilities of our world being flipped in an instant, what hope is there for stability?

Christians often think of the word faith when we talk about salvation. That is a great association. The gospel message is that although you have sinned against God in countless ways, you can be right with God. Jesus Christ lived perfectly and died as a substitute for sinner. Then God raised him from the dead. Whoever believes, or trusts, or puts faith in Jesus is saved from God’s wrath.

Your salvation is not about your works. It is about faith alone in Jesus.

But another word the Bible associates with salvation is hope. The hope we have because we are right with God for all eternity is stabilizing. No matter your circumstances, even if your world gets flipped, you can enjoy the stabilizing hope of salvation. Consider the circumstances of the New Testament letter to the Hebrews.

“So that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf” (Heb 6:18–20).

The author of Hebrews wanted to encourage and motivate a group of Jews who had trusted in Christ to endure a coming onslaught of Roman persecution. The persecution promised to be so severe some of their lives would be threatened.

To infuse massive hope into these troubled souls, he reminded the Hebrews of the character of God. God cannot lie. Plus, this God has made unchangeable oaths about the truthfulness of his promises. Such assurances of being right with God eternally can steel a soul. As bad as the coming storms may become, do not lose heart, because your ship will never be lost in the sea of darkness. The Lord Jesus is the sure and steadfast anchor of your soul.

His is not an anchor plunged from a ship into black waters below, but an anchor extending up to heaven itself. Just like Jesus’ death on the cross resulted in the curtain tearing from top to bottom opening the way into the Holy of Holies, the place of God’s presence, so now, because of his death you can have absolute confidence that you have a home in heaven awaiting you.

Even though heaven is a place of perfection and your life has been anything but perfect, you can still go there. When you put your faith in Christ he wraps you in a robe of his righteousness. Now as you wait for the day when your faith becomes sight, you have hope. You have hope as strong as an anchor which keeps your souls from ever drifting into the sea of despair. You have hope that redirects our present life in comfort, joy, and spiritual purpose in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Now let’s take those words of Scripture and turn them into a prayer for stability:

O Lord, though all that I see looks so uncertain, thank you that I have the possibility of stability. You don’t lie. You can’t lie. The Bible says it is an impossibility. Your character is completely true, and all of your promises are real and right.

You don’t waiver. You don’t shade the truth in your words. You don’t avoid the hard circumstances in my life. You are there; you are honest; you are helping with your true words.

Because you are such a solid source of refuge, I am safe with you. The floor under me will not give way in spite of how my life looks and feels. Thank you so much for that.

I love the picture of hope as a sure and steadfast anchor for my soul. Even if my life is a ship in a storm, I am not going anywhere as long as my anchor holds fast. Because you are that anchor, my soul is completely stable.

Forgive me for wavering. Fix my heart upon you. Remind me again of the absolute truthfulness of every one of your promises. Let me feel the stability that I know that I have in you.

In Jesus Christ’s name I pray, Amen.

jcrotts@faithbiblechurch.us