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Finding Stability in an Unstable World

by Robert J. Young
©, 2003, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

Introduction
In Isaiah 33:5-6, God sent Isaiah to remind the people that their future depended upon their trust in the Lord, not men. Even when all seems lost, God has the ability to provide salvation, security, and stability.
Though we are almost 3000 years removed from the days of Isaiah, his words are yet true. In unstable times, God provides stability. When all around seems insecure, God provides security. When questions abound on every side about salvation, salvation comes from the Lord.

Our Unstable World

Our Stable God

When we are stabilized by God's wisdom and knowledge, secured by his protection and provision, and know his salvation, we have all we need in unstable times. These provide stability for facing life and stability to face death.

Becoming Stable People

  • Focus on the Lord. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways (James 1:8).
  • Fear of the Lord (Isa. 33:6) The fear of the Lord is the begining of wisdom (Prov. 1:7; 9:10; Eccl. 12:10). Dependence upon God is the key to his security. The fear of the Lord is vital (Prov. 16:6; 14:26,27).
  • Faith in the Lord. Faith is essential to receiving salvation (Acts 10:34-35; 13:26; Phil. 2:12).

    Conclusion
    Those unstable in troubled times generally lack wisdom, security, and salvation. Without focus, the fear of the Lord and faith, life is tremendously upsetting. With these in our lives, we are prompted to turn from evil and turn to the Lord. With these as part of our lives, we can know what the Hebrew writer knew (Heb. 13:5-6).

    I pray that you will let God provide you with stability, security, and salvation in unstable times.


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