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.
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.
Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are. In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. – 1 Peter 5:9-10 (NLT)
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.
When God spoke from Mount Sinai his voice shook the earth, but now he makes another promise: “Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also.” This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain. Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. – Hebrews 12:26-28 (NLT)
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.
“I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.” – Luke 6:47-49 (NLT)
If Jesus is your foundation, you are unshakable.