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March 22, 2014

PASTOR POPHIN: The problem of unstable walls


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.

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