Monday, February 11, 2013

When Your Faith Is Shaken

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)


Kendra said...

Many times my faith has has been shaken. It seems each time I grow a little more in my faith and closer to God. Reminds me of a hymn we sung in church when I was younger... Oh Christ the solid rock I stand...all other ground is sinking sand....all other ground is sinking sand. Love you Cherie..God bless you....still into your last book! Best yet!!

Denise said...

Hi Cherie,
I know that are many times I let fear and painful situations dictate the path I take. but if I will just wait to receive God’s word, I can turn my eyes away from the circumstance and focus on the greatness and faithfulness of God. By reaching out with the most abounding faith and confidence, I can be assured that His power can accomplish all things! :)

Love the quotes you used here! :)

Blessings sweet sister!

Just Be Real said...

Yup, there is always a purpose behind

Well written Cherie. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

Cherie Hill said...

Kendra, know that I'm praying for you!! You're such a blessing!

Denise, it is always such a joy to see you here! Going to stop by to be refined!

JBR, And God's love is boundless. Truly an amazing God.

Anonymous said...

Love this GREAT reminder Cherie!! LOVING your new book Faith Under Construction too!! Almost finished & can't wait to share how my faith has once again been restored thanks to your encouraging words & scriptures. You are a truly amazing vessel of God :) Blessings sister!!

Cherie Hill said...

Kim you are an amazing blessing in my life!
Love and hugs,

Debbie Petras said...

Cherie, your name came into my mind this morning so of course I had to find your blog. It has been much too long since I last visited you. And I must add that I'm glad I came.

Over the past few years, everything in my life has been shaken. Life as I knew it before is no longer. And yet God has been with me every step of the way. Only yesterday I was at work and had the opportunity to share part of my testimony with two co-workers. As I poured out my heart, they were wiping away the tears. I gave God all the glory and was able to share how my faith is the one thing that sustained me and enabled me to go forward one step at a time when I had no strength. I am praying for those co-workers and know that the Lord is doing a work in them. I would not have these opportunities if I hadn't been in a situation where I desperately needed to go back to full time work. So I'm praising Him even in the ongoing struggles.

Love to you Cherie,

Timmy said...

Timmy is my name. I am so blessed through your words of encouragement. I am going through a struggle i couldn't share with anyone. what you shared really lifted my spirit, given me assurance that God is God in all situation. Thanks for being reminded to stand firm in our faith, regardless of what life brings. many thanks.

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I am so blessed that you would take the time to share your thoughts with me! You encourage my faith and I pray that God will fill you to the full with His love, mercy,and grace! With joy, Cherie

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