“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” (1 Peter 5:10, KJV)
To Settle means:
- To appoint, fix, or resolve definitely and conclusively; agree upon: “And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may [be able to] read [it easily and quickly] as he hastens by.” (Habakkuk 2:2, TAB
- To place in a desired state or in order: to settle one’s affairs. 1 Kings 8:15, Ezekiel 37
- To pay, as a bill: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16,
- To close (an account) by payment: “So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” John 19:30, NKJV
- To migrate to and organize (an area, territory, etc.); colonize: “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,” Colossians 1:13, NKJV
- To quiet, calm, or bring to rest: “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3, NKJV
“Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48 Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.”
50 And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. 51 So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” 52 Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has [b]made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.
How to be settled?
- Be Properly Positioned / Place (Wayside)
Here come Timaeus positioned on the highway side. Please note that he was not placed on the low-way side but the high-way side.
Situations, circumstances, challenges or even your errors might have dealt you a wrong hand so that you are wrongly positioned but make up your mind and re-position yourself. Be Properly Positioned.
Though Bartimaeus was by the highways side that seemed to have no meaning to those that led him there but he was on the side of the road that Jesus will go through. Be properly positioned. Habakkuk 2:1, Genesis 18:1
He settled down with anticipation—“Let them bring forth and show us what will happen; Let them show the former things, what they were,That we may consider them,And know the latter end of them; Or declare to us things to come.” (Isaiah 41:22, NKJV)
He settled down and waited for his time with understanding—“If a man dies, will he live again? I will wait all the days of my struggle Until my change and release will come.” (Job 14:14, TAB)
- Be Passionate (cry out)
Passion is a desire or craving. As you have a desire for food so also must you have a stronger desire for the word. You must have the desire to be the best. As you have a desire for the good things of life so must you have a desire for smart work.
It is not hard work that elevates destiny but smart work. Genesis 17:1, Luke 19:3-4 (the physical inability of Zacchaeus did not prevent him from getting the attention of Jesus), Luke 1:8-10 (what God has not done did not prevent Zacharias from functioning in his office), 1 Samuel 1(Hannah still going to Shiloh)
It is frustrating to be motionless in the place of progress or motion. While everybody is moving towards an objective but you are sitting down or standing still.
Cry out to the Almighty…” O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. 2 So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. 3 Because Your loving kindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You.” (Psalm 63:1-3, NKJV)
“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him And saved him from all his troubles.” (Psalm 34:6, NKJV)
- Be Persistent
Do not listen to the crowd. Persistence is being consistent in the face of opposition. I will not quit until I win. Nothing stops me except my decision. I will not end until I am at my end.
If anybody has told you that you cannot make it, let that be an activator for you.
- Be Purposeful
This is all about knowing where you are going to or what you want to be. You will always have a problem with things in life that has no finished picture of what the end is supposed to look like. The Psalmist said:“Listen while I build my case, GOD, the most honest prayer you’ll ever hear. Show the world I’m innocent–in your heart you know I am. Go ahead, examine me from inside out, surprise me in the middle of the night–You’ll find I’m just what I say I am. My words don’t run loose.”(Psalm 17: 1–3, MSG)
“God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it–no matter what.” (Hebrews 4:12–13, MSG