This is an excerpt from a daily devotional found in Abundant Living by E. Stanley Jones.
Get The Center Right
You have to relate yourself to four worlds: (1) yourself; (2) things; (3) your brother; (4) God. Until you relate yourself to God in fellowship and obedience, none of the other three relationships will come out right. You will be out of sorts with yourself, with things, with your brother, until you get the center right. When you get the center right, the circumference takes care of itself. Said a wife concerning her husband, “He has a brilliant mind, but he will not rest in the Eternal.” Hence he was restless with himself, with things, with his fellow men.
The chapel steeple of a great university, where the minister is humanistic, has a weather vane on it instead of a cross, symbolic of the fact that people point in every direction, turned by the winds of circumstance, until they have a faith in and a committal to God. That gives an unchanging steadiness to life.
Then why is it that men do not rest in him? Because they try to rest in something else. They love God with the top of their minds, but not in the bottom of their souls. Something else holds the bottom of their affections. That deep affection then decides their thinking, for men think more with their emotions than with their minds. The affections draw reasons to themselves as a magnet draws iron filings. Men lose faith in God not so much by honest doubt as by dishonest sin. A brilliant headmaster, on a salary of $25,000, talked beautifully about faith in God–and he had it. Then his faith changed. He gave a commencement address and shocked everybody by saying, “Christianity is outworn; it has lost its hold on the world.” At the bottom of that decay of faith was a decay of morals. He had begun to keep a mistress. He was dismissed in disgrace. The mind had tried to find reasons to justify the emotions.
After one of my meetings a banker walked the floor all night and his daughter wept the long night through. Both had sin in their lives, and would not rest in the Eternal. Hence their restlessness.
Oh God, I cannot rest until I rest in Thee. I am made for Thee, as the eye is made for light; so I cannot find peace except in Thy will. For Thy will is my peace. Oh, let me settle down in Thee. Let the wandering, restless needle of my affections at last rest in Thee, Thou polestar of my life. I do. I do at last rest in Thee. Amen.