From Tumulated to Stable

29 Oct

Seek to know Jesus

OK, I admit it.  I’ve fallen in love with the word tumulated.  I’d never even heard of it before I began studying Psalm 42.  My American Dictionary of the English Language says that tumult means:  The commotion, disturbance or agitation of a multitude, usually accompanied with great noise, uproar and confusion of voices.  Isn’t that how we feel when our soul is disturbed?  Tumulated? 

We recently had to make a decision whether to stay here in Guayaquil for the school year 2011-2012.  The deadline to decide was last Friday.  I was definitely tumulated in the week leading up to the decision.  I listened to many voices inside me:  the voices of our church; the voices from another church that had asked Mike to work with them; the voices of my children, grandchildren, and siblings; the voices of my job; and the voice of my tiredness. 

The morning before we decided, God’s peace washed over us both.  We were in agreement.  We would commit to another school year beyond this one, which commits us to another joyful year with the church in Guayaquil. 

I yearn to be stable, though, and not tumulated.  I yearn not to be tossed to and fro by the waves of life.  I yearn to walk gracefully through times of decision.  So many times God has proved himself.  I don’t know why I continue to tumulate.

11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. Eph. 4:11-16 NKJ

It seems to me that the road to stability would be:

  • Learn from wonderful men and women of God;
  • Come to know Jesus; and
  • Grow in Christ becoming an edifying part of His Body.

Today I challenge myself to receive, grow, know Christ, and edify others. 

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind [tumulating].  James 1:6

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