Stability vs. Restlessness
Today’s reading: Psalm 124-127; I Corinthians 7:1-24
1 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. 2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore. Psalm 125:1-2
23 You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men. 24 So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God. I Corinthians 7:23-24
We, Christians, are called to trust in the Lord and to recognize that we belong to Him by virtue of the purchase of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. We have no higher loyalty. We owe no one any higher allegiance. In Him, we have stability and security. Or, we should.
It is pleasant to picture the Jews of Ancient Israel trudging up the dusty roads to Jerusalem on Mount Zion singing the songs of ascents. They go with expectation of being in the holy city near the temple, and, most of all, in the Lord’s presence. The mount looks solid, and feels immovable. The psalmist helps them picture their trusting relationship to God as one which keeps them as firm as the mount itself.
But they are not left on their own, merely clinging to Him in the hope that they do not let go and end up lost. The song goes on to point out the mountains which surround the city. These remind them that God surrounds His people. When? Sometimes? Off and on? No! “From this time forth and forevermore!” What comfort! What peace!
Paul addressed the subject of the marital and socioeconomic states in which the Corinthian believers might find themselves: single, married to a believer, married to an unbeliever, bond servitude, freedmen, etc. There seems to be restlessness in some to change one or more of these states. What is the best state to be in? Paul says (in essence), “the one the Lord called you in.” There are advantages and disadvantages to any state in which they found themselves, but the important thing is to remember “you are bought with a price” and whatever you do “remain with God.”
Disciples of Jesus are first and foremost His servants, freed from sin and the restlessness that so often drives us to long for changes that seem to be desirable. Beware of that restlessness that may entice you to flee the very situation in which God has placed you for His glory. Being His disciple means trusting Him and being secure and fruitful wherever He has planted us. The grass is usually not greener on the other side of the fence.