Stable means steadfast and steady, but it also is the word for a place people keep the animals in a barn.
What kind of love must face all circumstances? A stable kind of love, one that doesn’t require good feelings to stay true.
Such a love is a shelter, and its safety does not consist of fine trappings or expensive furniture, or even secure locks or fortified walls. Sometimes love’s shelter is as unseemly as that stable where the animals were kept.
I think God showed His pattern of choosing the foolish things of this world to confound the wise.
No one was going to look for the Son of God, the Messiah, the King, in a donkey barn. The wise men went first to the palace of the area ruler. Surely, that is where we find kings and princes.
But God made all that look foolish, in hindsight.
Our perspective in love needs to look from God’s viewpoint, as He has shown it to us. In fact, it is played out over and over again throughout the Bible, the least is the one that God keeps choosing to honor and bless.
Prone to miss that fact, or deliberately overlook it, St. Paul felt compelled to record this truth:
1 Corinthians 1:
God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
He shows us that our relationship with Him is what matters in every circumstance and phase of life.
Carol for Today
Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming