I was in Berlin, Germany last May and visited the Hillsong church for a Sunday morning service. As with any Hillsong church you ever have the chance to visit, the music was incredible. We sang in English and there was one song that really stuck with me. It repeated over and over that “God will not be shaken”. One of the leaders stepped up in the middle of the song and said something about how we sometimes sing songs that say we won’t be shaken, but really? We will. It’s God that won’t be shaken. Then we continued singing the song… and it haunted me. I googled the lyrics, what I could remember of them, for days and weeks afterward. Even just a few weeks ago I was trying to remember them to try to google them again and still couldn’t find the song.
Then, I purchased the new Hillsong album on Itunes and had it on in the background while I did schoolwork – and what song came on?? The one we sang in Berlin! There it was. And it was still powerful.
Now in God we trust, in His name we hope
I know, God will not be shaken
God is here with us, He’s already won
I know, God will not be shaken
(In God we Trust, Hillsong)
I will be shaken.
We all will.
There is not one among us who, regardless of how incredible and strong and vibrant and solid and definitive our faith in God is, wouldn’t be shaken by a simple phone call. There has been an accident or It’s cancer or There’s been another attack.
I am shaken. Syria. Mali. Paris. North Minneapolis. Brussels. Myanmar. New Zealand. Liberia.
And then if I take my eyes off the crying, broken world and put them back on my own little story? I am still shaken.
I can go from happy to tears in approximately .005 seconds. Honestly. A friend chooses to spend time with someone else. Words somehow get twisted between speaking and hearing and misunderstandings open the door to doubt and fear and despair. Someone makes it clear they don’t really like me. I feel used, excluded, unwanted, lonely, unseen, unloved.
I am so easily shaken.
But my eyes aren’t supposed to be on my crying, broken self. They aren’t supposed to be on the crying, broken world either.
Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus. Hebrews 12:1-2
What a relief! I don’t have to keep staring, appalled and open mouthed, as the world falls apart yet again or as I fall apart yet again.
I can fix my eyes on something else. Something that is beauty within the broken.
I have to. The alternative is just too awful. I can’t stand looking at the broken around me. I can’t stand looking at the broken within me. I have to look at Jesus, who sees the good beyond the broken, can bring peace to chaos, hope to the hopeless, and bring joy out of despair. I can’t do those things myself. Neither can you. Neither can movie stars or politicians or aid workers or pastors, no matter how good of a heart they have or how good of ideas they have or how many supporters they have or how much money they have. They, too, are shaken. Just like you and me.
The older I get the more I realize that Jesus really is always the answer.
He is the only thing that will not be shaken. Let us fix our eyes on Him. Let us hold on to His hand throughout the shaking and the shifting and the burning and the crying.
He’s already won.
It’s a relief.
Even as I write this, likely the most bluntly Jesus focused blog I have ever written, I feel the peace in those words. It’s not about me. It’s not about you. It’s about him. It always has been, and always will be.
To the only God our Savior be all glory, majesty, power, and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now, and forevermore. Amen. Jude 1:25