“He who walks with the wise grows wise…” (Prov. 13:20, NIV).
Tell me who your closest friends are, and I will tell you who you are becoming. This verse from Proverbs is spelling out for us the Law of Association. This law dictates that we will, unfailingly, become increasingly like those who are our main source of friendship.
What if we take that law, and we apply it to our relationship with the King of the universe? It works!! If you will allow Him to become your closest Friend, you will find yourself reflecting His character in ever increasing measure.
I specifically want to point out that this means growing in emotional stability. God is the most emotionally steady companion you could ever spend time with. The more you are around Him, the more serene, even, and secure you will grow to be. His nature will become integrated into yours. Let’s look at a few verses that describe His emotional strength:
- “He will not falter or be discouraged…” (Isa. 42:4a, NIV). Jesus never gets discouraged. He never vacillates between days of relative cheerfulness and others of listless despondency. When He considers the future, He does not falter, waver, or cringe. He rejoices! The more we abide in His presence, the more His ever-present encouragement will work its way into the fabric of our being.
- “…He does not get tired or weary…” (Isa. 40:28d, NET). Nothing tires Him out. Because He is infinite in resource, no matter how much energy He expends, He never makes even a dent in how much He has left. When you and I are exhausted, we can sink into His everlasting arms and recharge. Think of setting a battery in its charger port. Multiply that by His unending supernatural supplies of mercy, love, tenderness, and sheer delight to have you close. And then you will have understood just a little bit about how His emotional strength will become more and more your own as you make His embrace your dwelling place.
- “In Your presence is fullness of joy…” (Ps. 16:11b, NKJV). Why is there fullness of joy in His presence? Because He is full of joy! As John Piper says, He is an infinitely happy God*. His soul is an ocean of contentment and pleasure. He invites us to immerse ourselves in it. To swim in His delight, to soak in its depths, to drink of it to our hearts’ content. The deeper we go into friendship with Him, the more joyful fruit will spring up from the depths of our own spirits as well.
Are you in need of greater emotional solidity in your life? Walk with the Wisest of the wise. At His right hand are pleasures forevermore. Enjoy sweet fellowship with the Rock of Ages. As you do so, He will teach you the constancy of His ways. Little by little you will find that “everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher” (Luke 6:40, NIV).