Apr 12, 2007
Riveted to Scripture
We continue to pray for the infection in Ian's eye. They put a patch over the right eye, the one that's infected, just so he won't rub it and make it worse. The installation of the sidewalk and driveway has still not begun because of the weather. Apart from those two major things, there are smaller things that need to be finished up, though he could move in if he could get into it.
In a conference message, David Powlison used an analogy that helps me understand what I have to do as I walk through these difficult days with Ian. He said that our worst experiences of suffering and difficulty have to be riveted to Scripture.
Rivets secure two pieces of metal together that then form a functional unit. The only picture I have of riveting is when gutters and downspouts are riveted together. When one is riveted and sealed to another, they maintain their shape and hang together, and water flows where it's supposed to flow.
If I fail to understand my circumstances in light of Scripture and to embrace the truth of Scripture, I'm going to be anxious and in despair. That's where my thoughts and emotions naturally go, though. My thoughts that would naturally lead me into self-pity and anxiety need to be directed upward to God who has been merciful to me, a sinner, and riveted to the truth of Scripture that God is still in control. I'm called to focus moment by moment on the One who will help me. I'm called not to worry about tomorrow. If I can daily remind myself of the truth of Scripture, I will not only be strengthened, I might actually be a channel for God's grace to flow to others. How hard it is to reign in my thoughts and emotions! I'm noticing that's a common theme now in our posts, but how crucial it is. Help me, Lord.
Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.
- How Firm a Foundation -