Stablish, Strengthen, Settle

I am a fire-putter-outer. A sprinter. Being the steady, organized, long distance person is my dream. So, standing isn’t often my everyday. Usually I am running around from one thing to another, or I am flopped on the couch trying to recoup from all the running around. Maybe some of you can relate. 

I find myself often asking the Lord to do this for me— “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” (1 Peter 5:10) 

Don’t those words sound wonderful? I want them to describe my life. I want to rest in the truth of God’s Word and the assurance of His character so that I am steady and strong. Instead, I tend to forget these settling truths and focus on my nitty gritty, everyday details. I forget the love of God, the presence of God, and the amazing grace He offers. I forget that my having it all together isn’t really His goal. 

When I read this verse, I always seem to pause and take a deep breath and settle down in my spirit. And I always pray that God would stablish me, strengthen me, and settle me. Not just for this one busy day, but deep in my soul. I want to become more and more established and settled in my heart, more mature in Christ. I want to stand quietly but solidly in my heart and mind, even during the busy times of life. Don’t you? May the God of all grace do this for us.

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