Paul's world was crumbling around him. He was in prison, awaiting death. Every wordly certainty was taken from him - freedom, saftey, citzenship. Where do you go when your world is crumbling? What do you do in such a time? What would you do in prison when all is lost? What does Paul do? He sings! Ephesians is like one long song of praise and certainty and encouragement.
Paul clings onto the hope that Jesus Christ brought into the world. Though Paul was stripped of his Roman citizenship, he knows that we belong to another world, another Kingdom; "we are citizens of the household of God." Though Paul's world was crumbling, Paul sees another firmer structure, built by the grace of God in Christ, and Jesus himself is the very cornerstone of that building. Though Paul was lonely and isolated from others, yet he knew belonged to a greater family where no one is a "stranger or an alien." This was his hope and joy!
It is this dwelling that will never crumble; it is this indwelling hope that gives rest to all our weariness and worry; and it is why Paul would sing in prison and not despair.
Paul wants us to know that whatever may happen to us in life, whenever we feel our world is crumbling, as it so often does, we can rest our lives on the foundation of Jesus Christ, the cornerstone of the dwelling of God that promises us hope, peace, and joy in a world that leaves us so cold and fearful at times, as it did this week, once again, when we heard of the theater shooting in Aurora.
May you rest today in that promise, and dwell richly in Christ's love.
Love, Pastor Dave