- Religion and Philosophy
I SHALL NOT BE MOVED
Planted in the Faith
"I shall not, I shall not be moved. I shall not, I shall not be moved. Just like a tree planted by the waters, I shall not be moved." This is a song and also scripture verses from the Bible refer to the strength, steadiness, and duration of well watered trees. As for myself, I cling to Psalm 92:13-15, "Those that are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age, they shall be fat and flourishing; to show that the LORD is upright: He is my rock, and there is not unrighteousness in Him."
So much is happening in our world today. Reading the newspapers can be depressing. Listening to and watching newscasters on TV is for me sad. So much of what they say seems to promote fear and doubt of our government leaders, and our society as a whole. When there is good news or good deeds, they are not given a lot of attention. Yet, I will look for the good everyday that happens all over the world.
As I read my Bible, I see so many of the scriptures coming alive today. We read about earthquakes in various places where they are not common, or of such magnitude that has never been experienced. Looking at Japan; It was moved seven feet closer to the United States. The earth moved! We see governments tumblings, nations coming against nations (relatives, kinfolk). We see pre-meditated violence against humanity in degrees that has not been experienced since ancient times. But even through the violence and the internal groanings of the earth, we still see love and the expectation of hope.
Knowledge is power, and to discern the Word of God is wisdom. The Bible tells me there is life in Christ Jesus. where there is life, there is also hope. So as a believer in Jesus I look for life; in the eyes of a child, or the smile of the elderly, or in the touch of one sick person giving encouragement to another who is worse off than themselves. I see life abundant in the forgiveness of a family who has lost a member, and they are able to forgive, take in, and love the person who was guilty. This happens all over the war torn world, and yes, even in America.
No matter what happens in the world today, I shall not be moved from the belief that Jesus saves, forgives, and His love is continuous. Like a tree that's planted, rooted, watered by the rivers, I am planted, rooted, watered by the Word of God. Since I am old and grey haired, I am still fruitful to spead the Good News of Christ's love to the next generation.