“God’s way is always the way of suffering, the way of the long, long trail.”
–Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
God’s way is to shake us into reliance, dependence, and trust in that which is UNshaken. We want blessings and fun and abundance. We want to be happy. But God knows the path through suffering is the path to His Light and Truth and Wisdom.
JOY is not the absence of suffering, but the presence of God. – David Jeremiah
We don’t want to hear that. We don’t want to hear that we become like Jesus through the fellowship of His suffering and that is the ONLY way that we can truly be like Him. It’s difficult to face the fact that when we lack joy, we likely are skipping our time for “refueling” in the Word, in God’s presence. He hasn’t moved. We have.
When the foundations are shaken through loss or disappointment or pain. When the things we knew we could count on are not so reliable anymore. And when many we look to as examples are shaken to their core, where do we turn?
“I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) That, my friends, is an amazing promise from the Lord. Stop and ask yourself, honestly: Do you believe that promise? If you do, then you too…
“…can confidently say, ‘The LORD is my HELPER, I will not be afraid. What shall man do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:6) An amazing promise. When eternity is your promised hope, what can anyone REALLY do to you?
In John 17, you learn how deeply Jesus loves you. Loves me. An agape, sacrificial, unselfish love.
Other-centered. So, in that love, there are some things we CAN count on to NOT be shaken…
- The Father is NOT shaken. He created you to be what and where you are. He knew what you would do.
- Jesus is NEVER shaken. Not ever! He is with the Father in Heaven, praying for you. He believes in you.
- The Holy Spirit is NEVER shaken, He is the Helper through it all. Coming alongside. Always faithful.
- The Bible is the Truth and shows us the Way to live now and prepares us for Life Everlasting with Him.
Jesus truly and deeply understands when life rearranges and you don’t know what to do. What DO you do when you are shaken?
The enemy of your soul, satan, wants you to forget that you are loved unconditionally. He wants you fearful and shaken. His goal is to make you miserable. Discontent.
BECAUSE he knows that Jesus loves you, this I know. For, the Bible tells you so.
And satan hates that that is true! He will nip at your heels trying to discourage you, but don’t let him win. Let’s see what Corrie (a woman who went through unbelievable suffering in a concentration camp, and yet, she found the Truth in the midst of an intense suffering as few have experienced.) Here is what she has to say about that…
If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed.
If you look within, you’ll be depressed.
But if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest.
–Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983)
Here’s to the army of the UNshaken. Our God reigns! He is mighty to save!
Until Next Time,
God bless you bunches!
Awaiting His shout,
Christian Life Coach
Leading from Your Strengths Mentor