Once when Lynette and I were in Lima, Peru, we were awakened at about 4 o’clock in the morning by an earthquake. Our bed was shaking, and I became concerned about our being on the seventh story of the hotel where we were staying. I didn’t know if the building had been built to withstand those kinds of tremors. That earthquake was just strong enough to shake us up—literally and figuratively!
But do you know that, spiritually speaking, you can earthquake-proof your life? When adversity shakes you, the Word of God will sustain you, deliver you, and carry you through to safety!
Sometimes earthquakes come in the form of sickness, financial problems, conflict in relationships, or pressure at work or school. You may be experiencing the “earthquake” of a marriage teetering on the brink of divorce. Perhaps you are going through the shakeup of losing a business or of being laid off from work. Situations like these can cause quite a stir in the lives of people. But when the Word is their foundation, God will bring them safely through to victory.
In places where earthquakes are prevalent, engineers design buildings to be earthquake-resistant. And they’re toying with new ideas for building flexible foundations that won’t crumble when the earth moves. But with God’s Word as our foundation, we don’t have to toy with new ideas. We already have what we need to protect our lives from the things the enemy brings to shake us up, discourage us, and turn us away from God.
Your foundation will be sure and strong against every tremor of adversity when you earthquake-proof your life with God’s Word!
Psalm 46 is one of the best portions of scripture I have found to earthquake-proof our lives. It reveals three elements we need to stand firm and overcome when our world is shaking: (1) God’s Presence; (2) God’s peace; and (3) God’s promises.
Verse 1 (NKJV) says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” To earthquake-proof our lives, we must start with the foundation, God’s Presence with us. He has to be our foundation if we are to remain steady, strong, and victorious amid the turmoil life’s problems can bring. God is not some impersonal being floating somewhere in space. He is our refuge, our secure hiding place. We can abide safely in Him when our world is shaking.
Second, we can earthquake-proof our lives with God’s peace. Psalm 46:2 (NKJV) says, “Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.”
When we face problems, thedevil tries to get us to fear, because he knows that if he can keep us afraid, he can defeat us. When fear comes, faith flees. On the other hand, when faith comes, fear flees! Faith emerges and peace multiplies when we look toward Heaven and focus on the power of God.
Third, we can earthquake-proof our lives with God’s promises. Psalm 46:8–9 (NKJV) says, “Come, behold the works of the Lord . . . . He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two.”
Verse 8 begins, “Come and see the works of the Lord!” God is at work doing awesome things on the earth today. Verse 9 talks about how He makes wars end and breaks the bow and spear. When we take hold of God’s promises, He will bring peace and wholeness to our lives. He will break the bow and spear—the weapons of the enemy—that have come against us. We can proclaim, “Come and see the works of the Lord and what He has done for me! No longer is my world shaking! It was being torn apart, but I ran to God, my refuge, and He saved me. His promises are sure and He never changes!”
As you live each day in the Presence of God, the peace of God, and the promises of God, He will sustain and protect you. He will deliver you and bring you safely through every problem that tries to shake up your life. Your foundation will be sure and strong against every tremor of adversity when you earthquake-proof your life with God’s Word!
Kenneth W. Hagin
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