Standing Firm in the Shaking

by Julie

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess for He who promised is faithful” Hebrews 10:23

I grew up in southern California where shaking is not uncommon. Earthquakes are a normal part of life. They are so normal that in school we had just as many earthquake drills as we did fire drills. When the ground shook it seemed like time stopped. Thirty seconds felt like an eternity. Panic striken as the shaking began, some wondered if this was “the big one.” My whole life I heard of the impending doom that there was an earthquake coming much bigger than anyone could imagine.

I reflected on how we responded to the shaking in our own lives. When financial issues pile up and our relationships grow more difficult, where do our thoughts go? When bigger things happen like losing someone we love or receiving a pink slip, where do we put our hope? Do we resort to anxiety and fear or do we put our trust in the One who is our hope? Do we react out of what our circumstances are telling us or do we ask for a heavenly perspective so God can show us what He sees?

It’s so easy to view our circumstances and let it shake us, but there is a better way.

 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you,” 1 Peter 5:7.

This is not a suggestion but an invitation to peace.

In the midst of shaking we need to remember who God is. We need to remember that He is our rock and our deliverer,  our stronghold and our fortress. He is our home. In Him we are not shaken, destroyed or abandoned. Scripture tells us to stand firm and to remain steadfast. Why? Because God is much bigger than the shaking of our lives! When we hold fast to the hope we profess, we are saying that God is faithful is who He says He is.

What’s shaking you today? Won’t you accept God’s invitation to peace?