SHAKEN TO THE CORE Andy Hollifield 12-20-18
Core–the central part of a fleshy fruit containing the seeds, (2) the central, innermost, or most essential part
The central part containing the seeds. We like to talk about core beliefs. You know the things that you believe deep inside and will base your life on. The things that no one can take away. Forever engrained in your heart and settled in your soul. The most essential part. Without some core beliefs, principles, and values, we are all like a ship without a sail. That kind of explains a lot of the issues with society today. With no moral compass and a solid foundation, whether based on the Lord or not, any of us are capable of anything. I know that isn’t very encouraging. That isn’t the point I really had on my mind, that is just an observation.
The thing I began to think about was that a lot of the disappointment, frustration, and hurt that we all endure at times is a result of the fact that we have core values and beliefs. If we didn’t believe or stand for anything, nothing would bother us. On the other hand, when those moral victories come around, they are worth the fight. It is also those core principles that get us through those times when we get shaken by difficult circumstances in our life. Having those values and belief system gives us the stability to be able to endure far beyond what we otherwise would. Twice the bible speaks about core values. Proverbs 22:1 says “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.” Solomon goes on in Ecclesiastes 7:1 to say “A good name is better than precious ointment…” Revelation 14:13 talks about how the works of those that die in the Lord follow them. It is the things that you stand for that will make or break your name with others.
I have never understood how folks can face some of the things they do without the Lord. There have been a few times in my life when I was shaken to the core and even with my trust in the Lord, it seemed almost impossible to get through. I have learned that God’s grace is more than sufficient but he doesn’t work on my time-table. When you are shaken to the core, you better have something, or even better someone, that you can lean on through those times. No one else can give “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding” Nothing else can keep our hearts and minds like his peace can. When we are shaken to the core, we can always count on his grace and peace to see us through come what may.
The question I would like for you to ask yourself is this; Do I have Jesus in my life as my rock when I am shaken to the core? Whether it be death or some illness or loss or whatever, God can give peace in situations where it don’t even make sense that you would have any. Hebrews 13:5 says that he will never forsake us. Five times in the book of Psalms the writer tells us that the Lord saves, delivers, and brought Israel out of all their distresses. The best verse though is Psalms 107:28 where it says “he bringeth them out of their distresses.” To bring us out, that means that he would have to be with us. Think about that for a minute. When the three Hebrews were brought before the king and accused, they had to be shaken to the core but their hearts and minds were kept by the Lord. When questioned, they told the king in so many words that they didn’t even have to think about their answer; they would never bow to his idols. They told him that God could deliver them if he wanted to but even if he didn’t, they still weren’t going to bow. When the time comes that we are shaken to the core, will we be able to respond with assurance and peace as they did? Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!