Is it possible to come to a point where events in the world around me, do not move me? When my own circumstances may be so difficult and still, they do not move me? I am STANDING (Read previous blog) and figuring out how to stand before the Lord despite circumstances.
“Those who trust in the Lord
Are like Mount Zion,
Which cannot be moved, but abides forever.”
When God is the centre of a city, He makes it strong “like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved or ‘shaken’” as the NIV says. When God is the centre of our souls, no matter how many disasters there may be around us, how many storms we face, or how much we may feel like we are drowning under the onslaught, there will be a calm within us.
When we watch the news, our politicians, or any number of self-help books, one cannot access this calm or receive it, but when God is the centre of our lives, there is this kind of peace. God declares that this peace will be the inheritance of those who have learned to rest only on Him: emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually.
When God is in the midst of her…
“God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.” (Psalm 46:5)
“She shall not be moved” is that not just the most satisfying promise to rest on. We are so easily moved by what is happening around us. Easily influenced, affected, inclined, sensitive, vulnerable, taken in, pushed over, swayed, impelled, motivated, stirred up emotionally or mentally.
Is it possible to come to a point where nothing can upset us, or disturb our peace?
Paul knew this kind of peace. When he was on his way to Jerusalem, the Holy Spirit warned him that “prison and hardship” was ahead of him (Acts 20:23). But in the next verse, he says:
“But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”
Everything in Paul’s life and experience, had already been shaken, he had already faced any number of hardships (see 2 Corinthians 11:24-28). But he had come to the point where only God mattered and was the centre of his life. God could have His way in Paul’s life. If we can come to that point in our lives, then, like Paul, stress and strain from little things, or great hardships and trials will no longer have the power to MOVE us, but instead…
“the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:7)
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you.” (1 Cor 15:58a)
God is the one who causes me to stand firm; in Him, I will not be moved.
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses… but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall… but we rise up and stand firm.” (Psalm 20:7-8)
“When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.” (Proverbs 10:25)
We who cling to God in constant trust know that we stand on solid ground and even though the ground may fall away around us, we stand and will not be moved. In Revelation 3, God speaks to the church of Philadelphia, in verse ten, He tells of their “patient endurance” and promises that for those that overcome and are victorious…
“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it.” (Rev 3:11-12)
Becoming a strong pillar in the house of God is the end result of learning not to be moved by trusting in Him. A worthy objective.
- Are you easily moved, easily disturbed emotionally, physically, mentally, or spiritually? Do events around you and in the world disturb your inner peace? Does the future and the possibilities of the future, generate anxiety in you?
- Do you think you can experience inner peace no matter what is going on in your life?
- Write out a prayer based on Psalm 16:8 (KJV) “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.”
Lord, thank you for being the strength of my life. I am confident that I can stand like a tree in a landscape, rooted, firm and steadfast with You in the centre of my life. I declare that I do not rely on other things or other people, but You are my Lord, who lays out a secure path for my life. I praise You as you counsel me and instruct my heart. I keep my eyes on You and call on You in my life. Because I trust in You, I have peace and can rest secure because You will be faithful to me, my ever-present help in trouble.