Dec 31 2013
In 1957 Elvis Presley’s song “I’m Shook Up” was the number one song in the country and remaining number one for eight weeks. The song was based on a man being overwhelmed by his feelings for a young lady. The excitement over the prospect of love is certainly real and sought after. However, being all shook up can come in many forms, no longer being exciting but rather upsetting, disturbing, and shocking.
I am sure there has been times when you have been awoken abruptly from a deep sleep shaken up by a nightmare soon to realize that it was only a dream and not real. Just the lingering thoughts of what could have been are enough to prevent sleep from returning. While falling back to sleep can be difficult and at times get up, we can count on the morning light appearing and soon the dream fades away. The ease of overcoming a bad dream is readily achieved, but real life situations can shake us to the point of losing our faith, losing our resolve, and losing our precious peace of mind. God does not want us to be shaken to the very core of our soul and lose what we have gained in Jesus Christ. In Psalms 16:8 we find a way to have an unshakeable faith and unshakeable resolve. The Psalmist says “I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.”
I find this scripture very comforting and very appealing. For I do not have be like a bottle of Coke or Pepsi, ready to explode when shaken vigorous by life, by people, by Satan who loves to see a person lose what they have gained in Jesus Christ. Have you seen the reaction of a hot bottle or can of soda when opened after being shaken? It is not clean, neat and orderly. It is chaotic, messy, and utterly impossible to return the liquid to the bottle or can.
The Psalmist says he has set the Lord always before him. He has made a conscience decision to focus on the Lord, and in order to really focus one must surrender their will to the Lord. In Hebrews 2:12 we read “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” The Christians that the writer is encouraging to fix their eyes on Jesus are having their faith challenged. Their faith is being shaken. The writer gives the same solution as the Psalmist: focus on the Lord, focus on Jesus.
In Philippians 4:20 a wonderful phrase of strength and faith is written, “Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever, amen”. What a motto for the Christian in giving God the glory forever and ever. When life’s unforeseen issues arise, let us not have our faith shaken by focusing on the Jesus, surrendering our will, and giving the glory to God forever and ever.