14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.
My three year old lets his emotions run wild. Most days feel like a rollercoaster. I’m unsure where it will take us, or how to get off. He has the highest highs, and the lowest lows. What response will I receive? Will he flip when I say “no”? Or will he respond in obedience with a “yes mom”?
I was reminded today that my emotions, although a little less drastic, follow the same pattern. When they are not steadfastly anchored to the God of Hope, I quickly delve into feelings of despair. I dip my feet into sorrow, and then the next moment I am gleefully feeling blessed. I am tossed here and there depending on my circumstances, and what I have experienced that day.
What if instead, I became steadfast in my faith. Unwavering in my resolve. Steadfast means to be, “firm in my purpose, and fixed in the direction I am going.”(dictionary.com) If my eyes never left my steadfast Savior. If my eyes were fixed on him. When the novelty of the day wears off, when the kids stop behaving, when the circumstances change, when the job feels lack-luster, these are the moments that we must respond in spiritual maturity not infancy. These are the moments where being, “steadfast” matters.
We as humans are fickle, but God is not. He is described as steadfast 219 times in the Bible. His nature never changes. He is a God that we can completely rely on. Instead of focusing on my own turbulent emotions, let me fix my gaze on the one who is my rock. May we stop wavering in our emotions and outlook when we gaze on the steadfastness of our Savior. “May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 3:5)