“But in all these things we more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37 MKJV)
Matthew Henry, in his commentary, writes: “We have good assurance of our preservation and continuance in this blessed state, Rom_8:35, to the end. The fears of the saints lest they should lose their hold of Christ are often very discouraging and disquieting, and create them a great deal of disturbance; but here is that which may silence their fears, and still such storms, that nothing can separate them. We have here from the apostle, a daring challenge to all the enemies of the saints to separate them, if they could, from the love of Christ.”
I like the word “disturbance” that Matthew Henry uses for what happens when we let everything from fears to frustrations loose our hold of Messiah.
There’s a screen saver that has a pond into which a drop falls. The drop splashes into the calm water, ripples are created spreading out from the center. Eventually the pond returns to its quiet state–only to have another drop hit.
I think it is like this with our lives; we go calm for a moment until something disturbs us. Our emotions rise and fall, and all around us feel the effect of the drop.
Growth in Messiah is not that the drops don’t fall into our quiet pond, which is our sought-after state with Messiah, but that we allow Messiah to absorb the effect of the drop. Then the tidal wave is minimized, though never completely eliminated until Messiah returns, until we are with Him in His Glory.
Another way to understand disturbances is flying in an airplane. Occasionally the pilot will warn passengers that there may be some disturbances and to please fasten seat belts. Perhaps we need to fasten our spiritual seatbelts, and keep them fastened, to avoid falling out of our spiritual seats.
Paul tells us about the source of disturbances and how to buffer its effect: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the world’s rulers, of the darkness of this age, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Therefore take to yourselves the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:12, 13 MKJV)
As comforting as it might be, I can’t blame all disturbances on an external spiritual power. In my journaling I worked through some issues I’d had the previous day. Part of what I wrote may be of interest:
“. . .worked through some of the frustrations in my mind. It seems when I feel responsible for a mistake, I am very disappointed in myself and become frustrated. Double wammy, here! It is pride that shows itself when I think I should be better than making mistakes. Then not properly responding to issues arising from the error is the second wam-bam. I suppose I didn’t beat myself up too badly. Ate and felt better. Lesson Number Two was not eating properly, opening the door for physical drain that contributes to my mood and responses.”
So listen for the voice of The Captain, take your spiritual seats and fasten your spiritual seatbelts; get ready for a bumpy ride.
May G-d have mercy upon us, upholding us in our Earthly lives, as we long for life with our Lord in the place He prepares for us. Bless the Name of the Lord, our G-d.
Lord Bless, Keep, Shine. . .