Ingredient of Stability
By Doug Cox
You would probably roll your eyes at me if I told you our world has changed dramatically recently and wonder “where’s he been?” Playing out right in front of our eyes are very tragic events, then afterwards non-stop news cycles churn away. That is wrong. It is not 24 hour news but 24 hour opinion where most of it is based on politically leanings, not always facts. (My opinion).
It was shocking and heartbreaking to watch as a fellow human being breathed out his last breath because another human being with a badge through reckless conduct took his life. The shocking event moved crowds of rightfully angry people to protest, but then senselessly, destroyed the communities around them while demonizing all police. Social distancing to stop the spread of a pandemic has been put on hold while a preacher was jailed for having church? It sounds like 2 Timothy 3:1 is coming to fruition. The Apostle Paul says “…know this, that in the last days perilous times will come.” Perilous means hard to bear, troublesome, dangerous, harsh, fierce, savage. Hopefully, things will calm down and get back close to normal. That is what my church is praying for, but if they don’t what can a person do? We can fill ourselves with the ingredient of stability.
Here is a good place to say we should eat our vegetables. Eating healthy food is instrumental in having a better physical life according to nutritional experts. Ignoring good health practices can lead to a breakdown of health and open the door for various diseases. However, there is more to a healthy, stable functioning life than a proper intake of wheats and grains. Jesus Christ, the Creator of man, (see Colossians 1:16) says so! In the face of extreme hunger during a forty day fast Jesus was tempted by the devil to turn stones into bread. His reply was “man doesn’t live by bread alone but by every word that precedes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4). It is simple! Jesus says we need spiritual food and that spiritual food is God’s Word.
On another occasion just before going to the cross Jesus was praying to the Father, where we find another clue about the value of God’s Word. He prayed over His disciples saying, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” (John 17:17). Truth is important because it keeps us from being led away into undesirable situations by lies. Sanctify means to set apart. Jesus wants to use God’s love, forgiveness, and truth to set us apart from hatred, resentment bitterness and deception. Unfortunately, God’s truth is not popular today.
Jesus teaches us that a great benefit of knowing and responding positively to the truth is ‘freedom.’ (See John 8:32). Many of the religious men He told this to, later colluded together seeking His death. Apparently, they did not believe Jesus nor want truth. New Testament prophecy speaks of how in the last days lawlessness and wickedness will spread like a cancer. One reason it will is because of “…unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” (2 Thessalonians 2:10) I guess our church needs to change its prayer. Instead of praying for the world to come back to normal, we should pray for the world to develop a love for the truth. It is our only chance of stability. It can save us and get us into heaven, but it can also save us f