I Won’t Be Shaken (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 232)
Psalm 16:8 (NLT)
I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
There are some things in this world that can shake us to our core if we let them. Pain, suffering, and heartbreak all threaten to throw us off the path God has set for our lives. War, terror, and disasters of all kinds surround us and attempt to impede our spiritual progress and undermine our faith. For some people, it is hard to believe that God is nearby even in these times.
But one of the reasons God allows such times in our lives is because it causes us to grow closer to him. It is when we are at our lowest point, unable to move forward, sinking in loss, grief, or trouble beyond our control, that our ears and our hearts are most receptive to the voice of God. God gets our attention in the subtlest of ways. He grabs us right where and when it will turn us to Him.
It can be easy to think that God is far away from you when you are face to face with some hardship or difficulty. But it is precisely at these times when He is ever so close. We may not feel him, but it is in that moment when our faith is strengthened by knowledge. David said, “I know the Lord is always with me.” It is easier to believe things when we can see it or feel it. But it takes an amazing degree of faith to know in your heart that God is near even when your present situation tells you otherwise.
A God who is right beside you is a God who is never so far away. He cares about your wellbeing and desires to bring us to a place of rest in him. Sure the events of the world will rattle our inner humanity, but in God, we cannot be shaken. The world has nothing for us but in God, we find everything we need. Our hope depends not on ourselves or the exercise of grace that exists within us, but on the fullness of God’s goodness and constancy of His love.
“It is always darkest just before the day dawneth.”
— Thomas Fuller