Disorienting; deeply troubling; doesn’t seem right; challenges us; doesn’t fit into our sense of how things are; upsetting; we avoid it; Heb. 4:12 = disequilibrium; state of unease; doesn’t fit into our preconceived view of life and reality.
Truly transformative personal growth cannot and does not occur apart form it. We grow most significantly when our assumptions and ideas are challenged and we are forced to expand how we think about and see life, truth, and reality. …A COMFORT ZONE CAN BE A BEAUTIFUL PLACE, BUT NOTHING EVER GROWS THERE.
Disequilibrium is essential to Christian spiritual growth. It will be accompanied by deep uneasiness, cognitively, emotionally, spiritually. Psalm 51 – David describes it metaphorically as God breaking his bones. And – here’s the kicker – David’s disequilibrium is not merely noticed by him, it is precious to him!
Christ executeth the office of King in subduing us to Himself.
The WoG is the GREATEST SOURCE of Disequilibrium: Heb. 4:12 – WoG = living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
God must make us uncomfortable before he can give us HIS VERSION of COMFORT (ISAIAH 40).
“We live in what one writer has called the “age of sensation.”‘ We think that if we don’t feel something there can be no authenticity in doing it. But the wisdom of God says something different: that we can act ourselves into a new way of feeling much quicker than we can feel ourselves into a new way of acting. Worship is an act that develops feelings for God, not a feeling for God that is expressed in an act of worship. When we obey the command to praise God in worship, our deep, essential need to be in relationship with God is nurtured.”
Our unease might – at times – be so slight (or fleeting) that the new information is simply buried in the busyness that infests our days, until what we have learn perhaps reappears with new urgency & force.
“I would prefer to not disrupt my equilibrium with the difficulty of walking into an experience fraught with so much potential pain. …I would probably sidestep the disequilibrium and have plenty of ‘reasons’ why I’d made the ‘correct’ choice.” – – – > Intentionally walking into disequilibrium …to learn how to be a real friend; awkwardness; what to do and not to do; how to be a safe person to confide in and converse with honestly; to learn lamentation; to learn laughter …it will likely be an enduring disequilibrium learning to love God and one another!”
*It will very likely ROCK YOU TO YOUR CORE to experience the Work of God (Heb. 4:12) – learning things about yourself, and your relationships, and God, and about the reality of living in a pain-riddled world. And it will be through this enduring disequilibrium that you will be transformed in ways you could’ve never imagined – or naturally desired.
We know this is true from Dan. 7; and Job; and Naomi; and Esther; and Joseph; and Habakkuk; and THE LIFE & DEATH OF JESUS! – – – > the cross is the ULTIMATE disequilibrium in human history – and it is Christ & Him Crucified that we RESOLVE TO KNOW! 1 Cor. 2.2
Disturb us, LORD, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little, when we arrive safely because we sailed too close to the shore…
Disturb us, LORD, when with the abundance of things we possess we have lost our thirst for the waters of life; having fallen in love with “life”, we have ceased to dream of eternity; and in our efforts to build a new earth, we have allowed our vision of the new heaven to dim…
Disturb us, LORD, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas where storms will show Your mastery; where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask You to push back the horizons of our hopes; and to push us into the future in strength, courage, hope and love. Amen.
- Sir Francis Drake (1540-96)