You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. (Isaiah 26:3)
Many of us have never personally experienced an earthquake, but we still know what one is from watching news reports and scenes in movies. The textbook definition of “earthquake” reads as follows:
The shaking of the surface of the Earth resulting from a sudden release of energy in the Earth’s lithosphere that creates seismic waves. Earthquakes can range in size from those that are so weak they cannot be felt to those violent enough to propel objects and people into the air and wreak destruction across entire cities.
That definition paints an accurate picture of what happens to all of us when a significant life event suddenly confronts us: when a family member calls to tell you someone close to you has died . . . when the doctor’s office calls to tell you to come in to discuss the results of your biopsy . . . when a work email shows up in your inbox informing you of the rumored layoff . . . when your child tells you they no longer believe in the faith you raised them in. The are a great many occasions for these “earthquakes” in your life, but you are not powerless to endure them, and the cross makes this perfectly clear.
The earth quaked for our Lord Jesus Christ when He was nailed to a cross to pay the penalty for our sins. Jesus endured the judgment and wrath of God, crying out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Then He gave up the ghost. His body was taken down from the cross and placed in a sealed tomb,
But the story does not end there! On that first Easter morning, the ground began to shake, the stone was rolled away, and Jesus Christ walked out of the grave and into the hearts of all those who would trust in Him as Savior and Lord. The effects of that earthquake have been felt all over the world!
Regardless of what it is you are facing today or will face tomorrow, when your earth quakes and you feel like you have lost your way, don’t look out at your circumstances. Look up to your Christ, who is the solid Rock that no life experience can ever shake. Circumstances that might cause you to tremble are no match for the Christ, who was delivered from death to cause you to trust in Him.
Remember, Jesus has conquered sin, Satan, and death; He can and will help you conquer anything that causes your earth to quake. As David wrote, “[God] is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge” (Psalm 62;7-8). Perfect peace is always available for those who trust in the Prince of Peace.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!
One response to “When Your Earth Quakes”
When God has gifted an earthquake prone area with great building codes, even Palm Desert’s 7.2 turns into just another incidence of God’s Hand of Protection. Northridge, which wasn’t as strong, but lasted ever so much longer — to the point of laughing in the hallway about whether we should wake up Favorite Son and head outside — turned into praise amidst the heartbreak for others for we had been driving on the part of I-14 just hours before the quake brought it down on I-5. Going through whatever type of earthquake in life, has certainly taught us that God is Faithful through it all… Through cancer (many cancer diagnosis throughout the family), through supercell thunderstorms/ice storms/blizzards/hurricanes, through lay-off notices, through it all, we can testify that God is Good. (Northridge had hundreds, if not thousands of aftershocks; we learned to live on shakey ground knowing God was always taking good care of us.)