Friday, September 20, 2013

OMTL Day 20: "Earthquake"

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.
         --Proverbs 3:5-6

Did you know there was an earthquake in our area less than a month ago? On August 28, there was an earthquake in Hendersonville. Of course, it only measured 2.1 on the Richter scale, which puts it in the category of a minor earthquake. But still -- that's pretty close to home! 

Have you ever lived through an earthquake? I haven't, so I can only imagine what it's like. But I would guess it's incredibly frightening when your entire world begins to shake and the very ground you stand on is no longer stable. 

And I would guess that when that happens, your first instinct (other than avoiding falling objects) is to reach out for something stable. Something unshakeable. A safe place to stand in the midst of the chaos. 

You may have never lived through a literal earthquake--but I bet you've lived through an emotional, spiritual, relational, or health-related earthquake. Something bad happened in your life and it felt like your whole world was shaking. Like the very ground you stand on was giving way. 

Your first instinct was probably to reach out for something solid--to find a safe place in the midst of the chaos. So what--or who--did you reach out to? 

Kerry Shook says that the only safe place to stand--the only unshakeable center--is God:
If you have anything other than God at the center of your life when the earthquake of problems hits--and it inevitably will--your center won't be strong enough to hold you together. If you have a solid center, you have a solid life. A weak center, and your life crumbles. If you feel like your life is breaking apart, then you need to stop and examine what's at the core of your life. It's never too late to ask God to be the center of your life and to build upon His truth as your sure foundation (One Month to Live, p. 153).
Proverbs 3:5-6 is fairly well-known as a passage about guidance. Trust God, don't depend on your own wisdom, acknowledge God--and he will "make your paths straight," i.e. guide you in important decisions.

Today think of a "straight path" as one that is safe, stable, secure--a path that doesn't move even when the rest of the world is in chaos. How do you get on that path? By submitting to God. By asking God to be the unshakeable center of your life.

TODAY'S CHALLENGE:
Re-read the paragraph from One Month to Live above, and "examine what's at the core of your life." Who or what do you depend on when earthquakes hit? If it's something other than God, confess that, and ask God to be the unshakeable center of your life.





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