— By TOMMY POPHIN
We need to have a double view of our place in this world. The first view is historical in that we look at how God has worked in history up until now.
The second is futuristic, in that as we consider the future, we ask God what He would have us do.
The danger of having a historical perspective only is that we walk by sight and not by faith. The danger of being futuristic only is that we walk by what we measure as faith and draw no wisdom from what God has done and said in the past.
One of the joys of family life is that of investing in the family home. The possibilities and choices are endless. Do we buy a recently built home? Do we build? Do we buy a historic home and do updates?
Back in the early ‘60s when I was a child, my grandfather gave my family a plot of land on which they built a home. My family lived in the house for only a couple of years and then moved. Since I had become an adult, my father and I have discussed the house.
He told me that the day my parents moved into their new built home, they saw a crack developing between the house and the attached garage. The house was really an impressive home as far as its style.
But there was a problem: there was a slope that ran right up to the house. The builder had built the home to close to the slope and the house was rendered “unstable.”
The sadness of “being unstable” is something which touches many deeply within our hearts. Many have come to a point in life where something has happened which deems them unusable.
In the Old Testament, there is the account of someone who was later considered to be “a man after God’s own heart.” (Acts 13:22) That man is King David of Israel. David was known as a mighty warrior. (1 Samuel 18:1-7) God chose and anointed him as King. But David, after he had been successful in expanding the Israelite territory to its greatest boundary in history, stopped depending on God for success.
The result was that David descended to the point of being “unstable.” The first sign of his instability shows up in 2 Samuel 11:1 where we read, “In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. … But David remained in Jerusalem.”
David felt that he had done his work and now it was time to relax. In other words, God said “go,” and David said “no.” What followed was that David started down the road of instability, which led to his sin with Bathsheba, his murder of Uriah, his judgment by Nathan the prophet, the death of his son, the decline of his position as king and the resulting instability of his family.
David never fully recovered from his sin. He felt the full impact of all he had done. However, God brought David to a point of confession and repentance of his sin.
When a building becomes “unstable,” there are only two choices: 1) tear it down; or 2) repair the foundation. That’s a good picture of what Jesus does in our lives when we sin. If we will confess and repent, Jesus will restore His place in our lives. If not, His only choice is to tear us down because we have rendered ourselves useless.
What about you? Without Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are unstable concerning the most important things in life. If Jesus is your Lord and Savior, and you have given up on His purpose and mission for you, you are still rendered unstable. Perhaps you need to dedicate yourself to Him once again.
Let me not be negligent in assuming you are the type of Christian that is on mission for Jesus. I encourage you to stick to your mission and never give up. May God richly bless you!
Tommy Pophin is the pastor of Beulah Baptist Church. You are invited to join him and the congregation on Sunday Mornings at 9:45 a.m. for Sunday School and 11 a.m. for worship. The church is located at 350 Beulah Lane at Fox Road in Millsap.