God's word in today's world

Stability in an unstable world


Today, very few things are fixed. My friend has a very high position in a big company. He has worked for this company his whole working life and helped to keep it afloat during a very bad period. He is a few years from retirement.

Then he finds out that they consider using the pension fund to save the company from going under.

That’s illegal! You can’t do it. But those in control aren’t bothered about that. A stability that my friend had been working on his whole life is shaking.

Most of us are fortunate enough to have a fixed salary and then something like the virus appears, locks us in our homes, and then we get a letter from the boss saying we’re only getting half (or even less or nothing!) of our salary at the end of the month. “Hope you understand”, the only consolation. Even our income may not be there at the end of the month.

A friend of mine gets home and smells a rat. He calls to his wife, but there’s no answer. He goes through the whole house. In their bedroom, the doors of her wardrobe hang open. The wardrobe is empty. Just a note on the bed: “There’s someone else …”

The stability under his feet changes into quicksand. In that instant his life falls apart.

Why has stability become such a scarce commodity in our world? Today is different from yesterday and tomorrow will be the same, also different from today. There is no normal anymore. As we call it nowadays, the new normal.

It scares you. Human beings want stability. We want to know what tomorrow and the day after tomorrow will look like. We want to prepare ourselves. We want to be in control. We fall ill when we are not in control and do not have a little bit of stability to hang onto.

I suspect this is part of the new normal. This instability and insecurity now have a foothold on our horizons, and let’s be honest, this makes us uneasy.

Fortunately, God does not form part of the new normal. God is still part of the old and stable normal that we can hold onto. This is the promise to you: 3If we believe, though, we’ll experience that state of resting.

It doesn’t matter how full of upheavals life is. It doesn’t matter if people decide to take our pension. It doesn’t matter what happens at the end of the month. Doesn’t matter how many viruses threaten us, we who believe in God will rest with Him one day.

We can hold onto that. We must stand on this. We have to believe in it with everything in us and live it in the world out there. It doesn’t matter what the world does; it doesn’t even matter what we do or not do – God’s promise is fixed: with Him we will find rest.

Scripture
Hebrews 4:1-3

Reflection
List a few unstable things in your life?
List a few unstable things in the lives of those around you?
What stability does God give you?

Prayer
Our Father in heaven, thank you for being our stability that we can hold onto. I must confess that the world sometimes scares me and that I drift around, but I do know You are there. Amen.

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