Faith · Life Lessons

Shaken not stirred


There has been a lot of shaking happening in New Zealand at the moment. Last week a large earthquake occurred in the South Island. The aftershocks and tremors of which are still happening. The damage to the land and to people’s homes and livelihoods is severe. The landscape is forever altered.

In our lives there are occurrences, events that will shake us. Earthquakes without a doubt! But also changes in our lives – the loss of a family member, changes in finances, health, employment. The list can go on. Some circumstances will seem to shake us to our very core.

But just as earthquakes reveal the strength of the buildings within which we live and work, so too does our response to our circumstances reveal the framework of our faith. It reveals our foundational beliefs that we hold of God. Beliefs about God’s goodness, His intent toward us and His love. We can’t afford to build a belief system that is based only on what we see and experience in our lives.

Lysa TerKeurst wrote “if God is good and God is good to me, then I must fill in the gaps of all the unknowns in my life with a resounding statement of trust: God is good at being God.

We need to trust God. We need to ensure that our circumstances are framed by God’s truth and who God is. God is constant in every season of our lives, whether that season is good or bad. We need to that thought settle in our hearts. God is always there. Always good.

Shaken we can be, yes.

Stirred no.



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