Decided not to go with the usual April 1st post. Not the right season in my life, plus it’s the day after Easter.
Last night I was watching the online version of Cross Point Church’s Sunday service; the one where Pete Wilson takes live questions after he preaches. He mentioned that he reads a chapter of scripture a day and is always amazed at how timely it is to whatever circumstance he is facing. Then he told a story of how God used a scripture reference in an unlikely place to meet a need in his own life.
But Pete’s sermon also had something I needed — and still need — to hear. One of those verses that arrests you in your tracks. It’s the rendering of Isaiah 26:16 in the updated NIV:
16 So this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;
the one who relies on it
will never be stricken with panic.
It’s that last phrase, which I underlined, that really got me.
The Message makes a rare use of capital letters here:
And this is the meaning of the stone:
A TRUSTING LIFE WON’T TOPPLE.
The ESV has:
‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’
…the one who trusts won’t tremble
…he who believes (trusts in, relies on, and adheres to that Stone) will not be ashamed or give way or hasten away [in sudden panic].
It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on.
Whoever believes need never be shaken.
Finally, the NASB:
A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed.
He who believes in it will not be disturbed.
Part of life in the modern world is the potential for fear and anxiety. This is a verse to claim for those who know what it means to panic.
I watch Pete at 7:00 PM EST Sundays at this link.