“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel-which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.” Galatians 1:6-7 NIV
Ask Siri what the word “fickle” means and she’ll tell you, “it’s an adjective referring to someone who is marked by a lack of steadfastness, constancy, or stability”. Read through the 13 letters written by Paul in the New Testament and you’ll see two things these churches or groups of churches share in common; they had heard the good news known as the gospel; that Jesus was God in flesh and that He, through Mercy and Grace, has given us the way to be reconciled back to a right relationship with God…and they were “fickle”. They were constantly trying to add some requirement or trying to move away from the truth of the gospel. In fact, Paul tells us in verse 6 that he is “astonished”, or as the New Living Translation says, “I (Paul) am SHOCKED that you are turning away so soon from God, who in his love and mercy called you to share the eternal life he gives through Jesus Christ”.
We are a fickle people. I am a fickle person. I am easily distracted and pulled away. If we were to look at your life and specifically your prayer life would we see steadfastness, constancy, and stability? Or would we say you are fickle?
Today I pray that my life (our lives) would reflect steadfastness, constancy, and stability. I pray that the Lord might reveal to us where we get pulled away and distracted. I pray that we would Marvel at the Marvelous, incredible gospel every day!
What might happen if you resolved to make this year the year your prayer life looked more steadfast, constant, and stable?