When We Wobble
Jenga is a game consisting of 54 wooden blocks stacked three wide and 17 rows high. Each player takes a turn taking a block from a lower tier of the tower and stacking it on top. As the game goes along, the tower becomes unstable. At some point, the tower falls, and the last player to take a turn loses the game.
The game is pretty casual through the first several rounds, but it gets exciting when the tower begins to wobble. When things start to wobble, the players tend to slow down and become much more careful in their placement of each piece.
Life wobbles. Marriage, family, finances, friendships, even your faith wobbles at times.
The author of Hebrews penned his message for some people who were wobbling. At the time of writing, they are only about 30 years after Jesus' resurrection and ascension, but they are struggling to keep the faith due to the pressure of persecution. So the author shared some truths that would help them stabilize the situation.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.Hebrews 10:23-25
When we wobble, we need something faithful to help us become stable. Faithful is the opposite of wobble. In the Bible, the word faithful describes the way a mother holds her child. Faithful can also describe the giant pillars that hold up a massive temple. And in Hebrews 10:23-25, The Scriptures call our attention to faithful people and a faithful God.
Our Faithful God
"He who promised is faithful." Over and over again, the Bible affirms the faithfulness of God. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says that when we wobble in temptation, we can endure it and escape it because "God is faithful!"
Each day the sun rises and sets it is a testimony that God is faithful. Every person who gives their lives to Christ is a reminder that God is not only merciful but faithful. Each time God's Word proves true, each time a prayer is answered, each day we live with provision is a testimony that God is faithful.
God's Faithful People
Because God is faithful, we hold fast to our confession and because God's people are faithful, we do not neglect to gather as a congregation. Great thoughts of God are not enough when we wobble. God ministers his graces through His people. We can't isolate. We have to get together, especially when we wobble.
The Jenga tower collapses when there are too many blocks on top and not enough at the bottom. Our lives begin to wobble when we keep taking on more stuff but forget to secure the foundation. Isolation is detrimental to your foundation. When we wobble, we've got to go to God and we've got to get together.
Bible Study and Challenge
Read Hebrews 10:19-31.
- List the commands in the passage. Obey them.
- List the doctrinal truths and promises in the passage. Believe them.
- How does this passage call for you to pray today?
Identify an area of your life where things are beginning to wobble. 1) Go to God! Look up some passages in the Bible that address the issue. 2) Get together with others. Employ the encouragement of wise Christian friend who can speak into the issue.
Through the counsel of God's Word and the encouragement of a trusted friend, notice how God will give you guidance of how you can bring the situation back to "faithful."