….provided that you persevere in the faith, firmly grounded, stable, and not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, am a minister. Colossians 1:23
Power system stability is being able to hold or go back to an acceptable condition despite a disturbance. It is not the state of absence of disturbances. When a power system is operated, it is exposed to various disturbance. The control of the system and control of generators allow the system to hold or go back to an operating condition sufficient to allow delivery of power continuously. There are parameters on which each disturbance must be handled to maintain stability: duration and location of the disturbance. To keep stability a disturbance must be cleared in a certain limited time. Also, the power system at some point has weak locations where disturbance(s) can happen and can result to catastrophic failures leading to instability. In order to keep stability, protection and control are designed to mitigate those high risk conditions.
Disturbance? We have them. Sorts of problems. Families are having hard time to be together. Work is having hard time to be permanent. Health is having hard time to be well conditioned. Mortgage and bills are having hard time to be met.
Stability? We have it in Christ alone. We are firmly grounded. We do not shift away from the hope of the gospel.
We know we are stable in Jesus when we have a disturbance yet we hold on to the hope of the gospel. We have stability not because we can stand the storm but because God shields us in the storm. We have stability not because we can control things but because God is in control. We have stability not because we protect our own but because God is our protector- our refuge and stronghold. We have stability not because of our own strength but because God’s power is made perfect in our weakness.
We are exposed to disturbances. But we have stability in Christ.