Does one word in a Bible verse ever catch your eye? Sometimes, one will jump off the page and give me a punch! Well, a gentle tap. But. sometimes. it’s. socko!
Paul socked it to me the other day when I read this verse he wrote to the Colossian church, “Continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel.” (Col. 1:23a KJV, emphasis mine)
You know I can’t just sit by and read the words. I. have. to. dig!
So, I dug first into the Greek word for grounded, which means to lay a basis for, erect, consolidate, to lay a foundation, to found. Paul used the word in Ephesians 3:17 this way, “…that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love…” (NKJV)
The word comes from another word meaning something put down as a substruction of a building, as laid down for a foundation. Paul used the word in 2 Timothy 2:19, “But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone.” (NLT)
Jesus used the word in a parable. He said that when we hear His words and obey them, we “are like a smart carpenter who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock. When the river burst its banks and crashed against the house, nothing could shake it; it was built to last.” (Luke 6:48 Msg) The flood could not make it waver or topple over.
Then, I looked up the Greek word for settled, which means seated, sitting, sedentary, firm, immovable, or steadfast. The word is used in 1 Corinthians 15:58 this way, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (NKJV)
These definitions and verses tell us to be grounded, founded, steadfast, immovable, and settled. So that, when the rushing floods of adversity come at us like a tsunami, we won’t look like the image I used. Toppled over.
As my brain goes into its weird-mode again, all this reminds me of the settling of cereal in a box. (Don’t ask why. I don’t have an answer!) Through all the handling and jostling each box receives, the cereal settles. It hunkers down inside its cocoon of a package.
Which makes me think of all this frigid weather we’re having and how I’m hunkered down on the couch, wrapped in two blankets and wearing gloves. Trying to save a few dollars by keeping the meter from spinning out of control. I am definitely settled in, in my own little cocoon!
But our spiritual hunkering down, our faith settling in its cocoon of our soul, is much deeper. Deep as the house dug into the ground. Sitting on the Bedrock. That Foundation Stone. Immovable on God’s Word. Forever settled.
and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel.”
(Col. 1:23a KJV)
Don’t be overcome by the flood. Don’t waver. Don’t topple over.
Be grounded in love. Be steadfast. Be immovable. Be settled…always!
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