10 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)

I get the first two points. Our faith puts us on solid footing, a trustworthy rock of revelation. We are stablished in God’s constancy and sovereign will. (Psalm 40)

Then all the means of grace strengthen us in our faith childhood and adolescence (Bible study, prayer, meditation, worship, exchange with fellow believers, chastening trials and temptations, suffering, giving of our means and service, the Lord’s Supper).

But this third one , being settled? Think of a stormy lake surface being made calm. Gone are the doubts, fears and cross-purposes. A condition of rest prevails. Assignments are accomplished with greater efficiency. Onlookers are attracted by this strange resource of calm and confidence. The work of the Kingdom goes on with surprising efficiency.

This was always something about Jesus’ earth walk that amazed and attracted me; His obvious calm, moderation and control, every day, every waking hour.

Is this achievable? Not in my own power or resolve. But then, that is not the entire story for the child of God.

And that calm, settled lake surface reflects the Son.


4 thoughts on “Settling

  1. Well said and I heartily agree.
    I like your summary of the faith childhood and adolescence. I think those are the stages that are suited to the institution of church, just as childhood and adolescence is spent in the institution of school.
    But there comes a time when we must graduate, go into the world and put our academic knowledge and training to use.
    Likewise there comes a time when we must graduate from the institution of church – so we can go, follow, be fishers of men; offerers of cool drinks; givers of hope; droppers of keys.
    In spiritual adulthood one realizes that it is possible to stay “in church” too long.

  2. One never graduates out of the mystical worldwide Body of Christ. But those frightened buildings that always keep parishioners going back to first base? And then the leaders over there do not allow a Paul or Barnabus to stand and give a word of enlightened exhortation. Doubly wrong, and no longer meeting the test. Numbers dwindle to the “duty bunch” as the loving evangelists depart for the great “outside” of opportunity and service. Think about it; the disciples were always going outside, two by two.
    Go to and labels that suggest revival and surgeons cut.

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