In June 2022, the Utah Bureau of Land Management issued a warning to hikers of an area of quicksand. The warning said, "Mud cracks around the edges of the pond give the illusion of stability, but it is unstable." While firm, stable ground is important, how much more needful is "stability of thy times!" When Isaiah wrote these words, Israel was facing an invasion by the cruel Assyrians. During such a time of great fear and stress, "stability" was much needed.
What about our "times" today? Is there instability and uncertainty in our world? Often, we hear people talk about "my truth" or "your truth" instead of "the truth." Like quicksand, "my truth" is not a trustworthy foundation. "My truth" usually consists of my opinions, my beliefs, and my understanding. There is much room for human error.
While the world has much "knowledge," this has often proved to be areas of quicksand. "Follow the science" is a popular slogan. Yet, in years gone by, science has told us the sun revolves around the earth, that handwashing is not very important, and that metal can be turned into gold. If we cannot fully trust "my truth" or the "world's truth," what can we trust? Where is "the stability" of our "times"? Jesus said, "I am the way, THE TRUTH, and the life" (John 14:6). "All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:3) are found in Jesus. "Stability" of our "times" will not come from following "our truth" or the "world's truth." When we earnestly seek God for "wisdom and knowledge," Proverbs 2:5 promises, "Then shalt thou . . . find the knowledge of God."
If God leaves us to ourselves any morning, we are undone. —Matthew Henry
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