Monday, February 11, 2013
We often find ourselves in a state of shock in awe when the trials of life show no mercy in breaking our hearts and stealing our peace. Our faith is shaken, as we can’t help but wonder, “Where is God?” Yet, His still small voice is loud and clear in relaying, “Where is your faith?”
Only God can get away, so easily, with answering a question with a question, and His question reveals that the shaking of our faith has purpose. There’s a method to what seems like madness. God knows what He’s doing, even when we don’t.
“A faith that has been shaken is the faith that has been shaken.”
—Randy Alcorn, If God is Good
In times of desperation, we forget what we know. If our foundation of faith is built upon the Rock, we’ve nothing to fear. Our foundation is firm. Or is it?
“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
Which cannot be shaken but endures forever.”
Psalm 125:1 (NIV)
“Through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken.”
Psalm 21:7 (NIV)
When the shaking of life becomes intense, we need only to trust God’s Word, His Promises. The shaking of our faith is to awaken us to the state of our faith . . . Do we believe what we say we do? The shaking will reveal those areas of faith that need strengthening. It’s to help us take notice of those parts of our foundation that needs work. The shaking alerts us that we need to draw near to God, by grabbing hold of our faith, until the shaking ceases. We’re to stand firm on the foundation of the Promises of God when life is crumbling down around us and the ground beneath us seems unsure. Once the shaking ceases, what remains is firm. The question is, “In the violent shaking of life, will our faith stand firm?” Is it a faith that can’t be shaken?
“. . . what cannot be shaken may remain and continue.”
Hebrews 12:27 (AMP)
We’re reminded to stand firm in our faith, regardless of what life brings. We’re to let go of our fears by grabbing hold of our faith.
“Therefore, stand firm. Let nothing move you.”
1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)
If you’re feeling like your faith is shaken and you’re just not sure what exactly you’re standing on, go to God . . . He’ll reveal His Promises to you. Take Him at His Word and be determined to believe Him against all that you see before you. Faith doesn’t walk by sight and it doesn’t fear when the ground beneath it shakes, it trusts in the firm foundation it stands upon.
“As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.” Luke 6:47-48 (NIV)
Posted by Cherie Hill at 7:27 PM
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