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November 21, 1990

I Will Not Be Moved

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I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will
not be shaken. PSALM 16:8
If you are in a position to supervise others, then you have an idea of the qualities you want to find in those workers. (Even if you aren’t a supervisor, chances are you still know.) The ideal worker, among other things, is reliable, dependable, and trustworthy. Your performance often depends on her performance, so you want her to deliver.
In football, the running back who consistently fumbles soon finds himself out of a job—even if he runs with record-breaking speed. In business, the employee who cracks under pressure soon finds himself handling the most menial tasks, provided he isn’t fired.
How well do you handle pressure? How dependable are you in the clutch? Are you easily shaken?
God, our Rock, clearly wants us to be unshakable in our devotion to Him, which spills over into the way we handle every aspect of our lives and work. But what does that mean? The biblical root mowt is used for words that translate into such ideas as to shake, to slip, to totter, to be moved, to be overthrown, to dislodge, to let fall, and to drop—not exactly ideal qualities in a worker or in a follower of Jesus.
Perhaps that’s why the Bible reinforces the idea of doing the things that will keep us from being shaken—following God’s law, trusting in God. Eight times the psalmist uses the word shaken as something to be avoided and lends advice for not being shaken (Psalm 15:5; 16:8; 21:7; 30:6; 62:2; 62:6; 112:6; and 125:1).
What are you doing to assure that the Lord is before you in all that you do— that your life will not be shaken?

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