Stability: Three-Legged Stool

I’ve always heard that a three-legged stool is sturdier than a four-legged one, especially on uneven ground. The placement of those three legs provides versatile anchoring on almost any terrain.

Life’s terrain is often unstable. I’m sure you’ve discovered that. You need three versatile life anchor points to secure you on life’s uneven terrain . . . to remain upright and stable no matter what life dishes out to you.

Anchor points are stabilizers – simple things to grab onto and utilize while addressing issues in a positive manner. Good stabilizers increase your ability to manage your whole life. These anchor points promote successful living.

The challenges, unknowns, and losses of life can be unnerving. Anxiety can set in. Equilibrium is often threatened, and your comfort zone gets stretched. When these things hit your terrain, you feel wobbly. Good news: God promises to stabilize your life no matter how unsteady your terrain is. Let’s look.

Three Life Anchor Points

Each of these simple life anchor points requires faith. “Without faith, it is impossible to please God.” (Heb. 11:6) Engaging faith in God stabilizes life.

  1. Trust God. (Prov. 3:5-6)
  2. Obey God. (Jn. 14:15)
  3. Rest in God. (Heb. 4:9-10)

When you engage these three life anchor points, things start to happen underneath. Some things happen in you. Some happen from God.

Trust

When you choose to trust God . . . you exercise faith in the safest, strongest Person that exists. Scripture says the one who trusts in God will never be put to shame. (Rom. 9:33; 10:11) People have been called righteous by God not because of doing mighty deeds for Him, but rather because they simply believe God. “Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.” (Gen. 15:6; Jas. 2:23)

Faith in God is your first sturdy anchor point.

Obey

When you resolve to obey God . . . you practice surrender to a better way than your own. Scripture calls this “living sacrifice.” (Rom. 12:1) You give up your own interests to take care of God’s interests first and most. (Phil. 2:21) God took care of your interests above His own when Jesus gave His life for you. You could say it like this – God is so interested in you that He carried out costly actions that would be in your best interests for all eternity.

When you desire to please God more than yourself, you are proving you love God back. “If you love Me, you will obey Me.” (Jn. 14:15) Obedience is your second sturdy anchor point.

Rest

When you practice rest in God . . . you pick up the peace Jesus promised. Come to Me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (Mt. 11:28; Jn. 14:27)

This kind of rest is 24/7 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sabbath rest can become your reality every day even before life issues are resolved. Rest is your third sturdy anchor point.

Stabilizers Work

Grabbing onto these three anchor points is hard, focused work involving both risk and resolve. However, it’s the safest risk and best resolve you will ever engage. When you adopt keen eagerness* to purposefully delight in God with this three-legged approach, God’s stabilizers bring serious strength and stability to your life even on the most rugged life terrain.

While you are busy doing the work of trusting, obeying, and resting, remember what God is busy doing: Before they call, I will answer. While they are still speaking, I will hear.” (Is. 65:24) Every time you even lean toward God in these three ways, God leaps into action to honor your faith.

Trust in the great God who made all things. Obey His eternal precepts. Rest in the joy of knowing Him intimately with no fear of your demise. These are the three legs of your stool. Sit safely and securely with steadiness on any terrain.

How To Grab Onto The Anchor Points

In matters of trusting, obeying, and resting:

  • Do not dabble. PLUNGE!
  • Do not sluff-off. TRAIN!
  • Do not remain a novice. Become PRACTICED!

Is your stool sturdy on uneven ground? Does it support you? Do you fear toppling over during the stresses of life? Grab onto God’s stabilizers. Plant your stool confidently in Jesus Christ.

* Oswald Chambers talks about this idea in My Utmost For His Highest, May 14.

** For more details on managing a crisis that slams into your life, check out my blog: What To Do When Life Completely Up-Ends You.

 

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