I want to talk to you about being shaken. What does that exactly mean? I’m not talking about someone coming over and physically shaking you, but I’m talking about being emotionally shaken, or spiritually shaken, or shaken up by peer pressure.
Yesterday I was feeling kind of shaken, I was feeling sick, and I wasn’t feeling good. I had a lot of things I wanted to do, and I didn’t feel like doing anything. And as I was having my time with the LORD in the morning, I came across this verse. Isaiah 54:10 says, “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace removed,’ says the LORD, who has compassion on you.”
And I remember several years ago I was reading that verse and I was praying over it and just visualizing what the verse might mean for me at that time. And I remember at that time, the verse just came alive to me. And it came back to me yesterday. And the picture I got was of an earthquake. An earthquake that had just happened and everything all around me was shaken, destroyed, and taken down to rubble.
And yet, this verse specifically says, “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed… my unfailing love for you will not be shaken.”
And so I got a picture that while everything else was in destruction, there was one building standing strong. There was one building that was not impacted and was not shaken by that earthquake. And it was the “building” of God’s love for me. And that it would always stand, no matter what would happen, what would come of my life. And I’ve had a lot of things happen in my life, but God has been that stable force for me. And yesterday I needed that reminder.
I also like Psalm 16:8 it says, “I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” My husband and I were missionaries in the country of Belize for two years, and I remember meeting a missionary and she said that she would just put her hand over her stomach. And she would just repeat to herself, “I will not be shaken.”
I want to encourage you that when you feel like people are making fun of you, or you are having a bad day, or you are getting peer pressure to give in and compromise what you believe, when your getting pressured to have sex with your boyfriend, and your wanting to fight with your brothers and sisters, your parents or just those things that tend to shake us, or whether your just going through a really dark time, I just encourage you, to just repeat to yourself, “I will not be shaken.” And it’s because the LORD is always before you. It’s because he is with you. And he will never leave you.
I want to close with Psalm 62:1-5, these are some of my favorite verses. It says, “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress. I will never be shaken. How long will you assault a man? Would all of you throw him down- this leaning wall, this tottering fence? They fully intend to topple him from his lofty place; they take delight in lies. With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse.” And then again, “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.”
So I want to ask you today, are you feeling shaken? Or are you feeling secure in God? I encourage you to find that security in God, to repeat to yourself, and to remind yourself, “I will not be shaken.”