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October 21, 1996

Stirred, Not Shaken

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Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot he shaken but endures forever. PSALM 125:1
Who doesn’t want to be calm, cool, and collected? To walk through the trials and tribulations of life without anxiety? To ease the fears of others when the sky is falling? To remain at peace and rest when the world runs out of control? We all want that. But how do we find it?
The psalmist says quite simply, “Trust.”
“Trust me,” you can hear a salesman saying as he makes a false and empty promise to lure you into a sucker deal. The phrase is so overused and misused that it has lost most, if not all, of its meaning. A new phrase is needed to convey the concept of “trusting in the Lord.”
“Letting go” comes close—releasing our hold on possessions, people, and situations and letting God take care of them. But it does not go far enough. “Giving God the reins” is another good metaphor. This is the idea that God is in control of the carriage and we are just along for the ride. But this misses out on our part in the equation. Control is a big word. Giving God control over our lives is a beautiful sentiment, but it breaks down when we try to make it practical.
Perhaps the best word is abandon. The mental picture that accompanies it is one of jumping off a cliff without a net or parachute. You run full speed to the edge of a cliff and right over the edge. You experience a moment of flailing and exhilaration, and then the terrifying reality of falling hits you. Your stomach gets lodged in your throat as you begin to accelerate, and finally, you feel the sensation of flying as you are seemingly suspended in space and time—never falling, never landing. There, at that exact moment, is a picture of what it means to trust.
If you are not living at the place where you absolutely need God to sustain you or you will meet the harsh reality of the ground below, then you are somewhere short of trust. And when you find yourself there, with nothing to lose because you willingly gave it up already, you cannot be shaken. Just like the mountain you jumped from.

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