Over the course of a lifetime, most of us have been disappointed—perhaps even greatly let down—by people we had trusted. By contrast, the Scriptures speak of those who “trust in the Lord” as being like a mountain which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
I’m age 78 as I write this. Over my long life people, even those I trusted, have at times failed me. I imagine your experience may have been similar. We shouldn’t be surprised. Since Adam and Eve fell in the Garden of Eden, sin has been a universal factor in the lives of men and women, boys and girls. Not one person has ever been exempt from that inner, post-Garden-of-Eden sin nature, except the One glorious exception—Jesus, the Son of God who came from heaven and was born on earth in human flesh (John 1:1, 14) and died for our sins on the Cross. He did this to redeem from sin all who will place their faith and trust in Him.
Trust in God the Father, who loves you so much He sent His Son to die for your salvation. Trust in His Son Jesus, the Lord and Savior, who in His death and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) made a way for you into God’s grace, love, and eternal life. Trust in the Holy Spirit of God, the 3rd divine person of the Trinity, who dwells in the hearts (and bodies) of those who look to Jesus in repentance and faith (Acts 20:21).
Even in the most chaotic of earthly times, you who put your trust in the Lord will be “like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken,” because our faithful “Lord surrounds His people both now and forevermore.” As Jesus said to His followers, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
Again, where in these rapidly changing, tumultuous times can we find peace and stability? Jesus answered that personally. He tells His followers (applicable in every century) that we will find peace in Him. The Lord did not allow His hearers to be naive, though, reminding them (and us) that “in this world you will have trouble.”
So that is a given—trouble is part of our expected experience in this fallen world. Jesus told us so. However, He also said in the very next breath, “But take heart! I [Jesus] have overcome the world.” Therefore, it’s possible and desirable for us, who live in this fallen and sin-permeated world, to encounter troubles, trials, and tribulations and yet to have victory in them because of Jesus! Here are a few verses I memorized long ago that give me great hope and courage as I face the world’s troubles with faith in the Lord Jesus Christ:
John 8:31-32, KJV
Along with the wonderful Person of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, we have another source of great peace and stability as we navigate life in this world. And that is the Scriptures of the Bible, the written Word of God. To those Jewish hearers who had believed in Him, Jesus pointed them further to the importance of continuing in His Word. If they had this remarkable duet of confidence—faith in Jesus and in His Word—He said they would be blessed three ways:
My wife and I, in these our senior years, greatly enjoy a daily morning Bible study together at our kitchen table. Even though we’ve both been saved more than 50 years, we find that the Holy Spirit opens up God’s Word to us more and more each time we prayerfully read and discuss it. And as Jesus promised, that holy Word reveals to us the one and only deposit of infallible truth (God’s truth) and continually makes us free in the midst of a dark, sin-saturated world around us.
Our Lord said to His disciples, “Take heart!” Why? How can we when the world around us has so much pain, suffering, heartache, and evil? The answer is found in which kingdom we are part of. Geographically, for example, I’m a citizen of the “kingdom” of the USA. But that is only temporary and very transient. The all-important, permanent kingdom I and all followers of Christ belong to by the new birth is the kingdom of God, of heaven.
Satan too has a kingdom (Matthew 12:26). Those without Jesus in their life as Lord and Savior belong to the devil's horrible spiritual kingdom (John 8:44). Thanks be to God, everyone has the option of being delivered from the power and kingdom of darkness and being brought into the kingdom of God’s Son Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:13). And this is done simply and eternally through sincere repentance for sin and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21).
The wonderful result? We enter into and receive “a kingdom that cannot be shaken”! The kingdom of God is an everlasting, all-powerful kingdom. And by being saved/born again through Jesus Christ, you become a citizen spiritually of that unshakable kingdom even now! And also forevermore!
There is peace, there is hope, there is stability in the tumultuous times we live in. Those things are found in a saving relationship with God the Father through repentance and faith in His crucified and resurrected Son Jesus Christ.
As born-again believers, as citizens of God’s great and unshakable kingdom, we are encouraged by the apostle Paul not to be anxious about things. Paul tells us to come to God in prayer and thanksgiving with our specific requests. The wonderful result? “The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
• Those who trust in the Lord, even in the hardest of times, cannot be shaken.
• Jesus encouraged us in the midst of the world’s troubles to “take heart,” for He has overcome the world and allows us to partake of His victory and His peace.
• His Word the Bible is for us an unshakable foundation of truth and freedom.
• Remember, as born-again followers of Jesus, you belong to a “kingdom that cannot be shaken.”
• Don’t allow yourself to become anxious, fretful, and full of cares. Instead, look to God in prayer and thanksgiving for your daily needs and requests. And as a result God’s blessed peace will replace those cares and anxieties and will wonderfully “guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
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