Shaken, Not Stirred

“Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” Mark 9:24

There is an idea in many modern worship songs that has bothered me for years. In my opinion, it is an insidious lie that sets us up for failure. It is the idea that “I will not be shaken.”

It sounds great when a congregation sings the chorus together, proclaiming that we will stand strong and never be moved. But it’s just not realistic. I have doubted many times, have been shaken in my faith. And I cannot honestly say that I won’t be again. If you have never doubted, you are much better at this than I am.

I may be shaken; I will probably be shaken. But I know that God is with me, and He will help me through the storms. He is my Anchor and my Lighthouse when I am a ship tossed on the rough seas of life. He will lift me up and set my feet upon the Rock and I will stand. I may be shaken; I may even fall; but He will pick me back up every time.

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13

I don’t think we should sing a lie anymore than we should speak a lie. Pay attention to the words that pass through your lips and weigh them carefully. You may be called to account for them some day.

I will be shaken. But I will not be moved.

Poet, lover, thinker, human.

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