Many of us like to believe that we’re unshakable. We like to think that we are strong enough to handle anything life throws our way. The truth is, however, we all have our breaking points. We all experience problems that seem to be bigger than life itself. It’s times like these when we begin to realize that we’re not as unshakable as we once thought.
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For me personally, I don’t even have to be going through difficult circumstances to feel this way. Turning on the news is enough for me to feel a bit out of control. But the solemn truth is that we don’t have any control. We can’t control the actions of the people around us, and we certainly can’t control the earth and its natural disasters. Bad things happen in this world. Chaos seems to be the only thing we can rely on these days.
I’m so thankful that we have Jesus and that we don’t have to live this way! The Bible tells us that we will have trouble in this world, but it also promises us that this suffering will come to an end. If we keep our eyes on Christ and stand firm in our faith, the Bible assures us that we will be restored, strengthened, and placed on a firm foundation.
But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. – 1 Peter 5:9-10
I think we sometimes forget how big our God actually is. We get so caught up in this world and its problems that we forget He “has the whole world in His hands.” The tragedies, the suffering, the controversies, the lack of morality – none of it surprises God. As believers, we can know that we don’t actually live in chaos. When the rest of the world feels like they’re spinning out of control, we can trust in a God that cannot be shaken or swayed.
As children of God, we can stand firm and be unshakable in a world that is constantly being shaken.
And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.”This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe. – Hebrews 12:26-28
We live in a fallen world as a direct result of our sinful natures. Our merciful Creator, however, uses our brokenness for our good and for His glory. He lets nothing go to waste when it comes to molding and shaping us into who He created us to be. He uses our mistakes, our failures, and yes – He even uses the tragedies to draw us closer to Him.
On our own, we can and will be shaken in this life. There is a way, however, to truly be unshakable. That way is Jesus Christ. If He is your foundation, you will never be shaken.
Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.” – Luke 6:47-49
If Jesus is your foundation, you are unshakable.
*Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.