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Don't be Shaken!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 (3:43 am)

by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Last week, the United States experienced an earthquake — the most powerful earthquake to strike the East Coast in 67 years. For many, it was the first time they had ever experienced one. This reminded me of when we first moved to Israel, in 2003.

I was in my Hebrew class downtown, and my wife and one month old baby were alone in our Jerusalem apartment. My wife called me immediately and this is what she told me, I'll never forget it.

She was sitting in our bedroom with our 1-month old in her arms, when out of nowhere came a sudden loud roaring sound, followed by a shaking of all four walls, and all the contents within banging back and forth against them rapidly and with great force. So many things were going through her mind that moment as she tried to remember what you're supposed to do in a scenario like this. Are you supposed to get under the bed? Or maybe get outside? Yeah, outside! But it would be three flights of steps to get outside and with a newborn baby in her arms — how?! She just froze in fright, thinking about what could happen next. But in the midst of it all, Riv looked down at Elianna in her arms. Would you believe, she was perfectly content — happy, smiling, even drifting off to sleep as the whole earth shook all around her. Wow.

Each of us can take a lesson from Elianna. Even in the midst of all the chaos, distress or crises beyond our control, we must rest, trusting that we're safe in the loving arms of the Father. We shouldn't have a care in the world.

Is your world being shaken right now? Know that God is holding you today. No matter what you're facing, you can trust Him to cover you. Just lay back and enjoy the ride!

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  • Benjamin J Barnes

    Thank you for this devotional. I struggle with fear and doubt. I feel very distant from God most of the time and desire the closeness I once had with Him. I often visualize being held in his arms much like I hold my own children. This reminder from 2 Timothy and the words which followed were exactly what I needed.

  • Frankgurin2011

    I was having one health problem right after another health problem and at times I felt like the whole world was caving in on me and that it's foundations were being shaken,well it may have felt that way,but my FAITH was NEVER Shaken!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dalekorny

    It is comforting to know that it is not Him who moves away, but I that drift from Him.
    Draw near to Him today!

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