Righteously Unshaken


James Bond made famous the line “shaken, but not stirred” when ordering his vodka martinis. I’m not really sure what overall difference it makes, but apparently that was an important character trait for him.

When it comes to people, however, I think we would rather be stirred that shaken. To be “stirred” lends itself to a sense of spirit and activity, as in a person stirred to action or a person stirred emotionally.

To be shaken on the other hand feels more dangerous. A person shaken is a person who has endured trauma and is suffering the effects of it, such a being shaken after a tragedy, a person saying they feel shaken after a loss.

The Lord promises protection from being shaken for those who trust in Him. That’s because those who trust in the Lord and cast their cares on Him have a deep and abiding trust in the person of the Almighty, the King who rules from heaven but is personal to each of us. Can you tell the last time you felt shaken?

Recently, as I’ve remarked before, we have been going through changes in our hospital. After some of the employee transfers and dismissals, people have been left feeling a bit shaken. It hasn’t been easy, but trust in the Lord allows you to look beyond your present circumstances into the eternal. God sees all, and has already prepared for you for events to come. Though you feel the bottom has dropped out, God has already prepared a place for you to land. We have only to trust Him. And believe me when I say I preach as much to myself as all of you. I’ve needed this kind of trust lately, and it has helped me in my faith. Why? Because I don’t listen to the sweet soft words in season. Some of us have to learn the hard way. (Sigh!)

Take this verse to heart. Write it on your mirror. Make it personal to you. God cares for you, and He will not let you go lightly.

May God bless you today.

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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