What moments in your life have been earth-shattering?
Those times when you heard the news and the ground beneath your feet seemed to give way. The words seemed dim and distant in your ears, but they carried enough power to weaken your knees.
We call it earth-shattering because it feels as if the planet has disintegrated and life is no longer possible moving forward.
We’ve all had those moments. Several psalmists use their poetry to describe their experience with those moments.
Read this from Psalm 46 and see if this sounds like an earth-shattering moment.
The earth trembles and the mountains topple into the depths of the seas, its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with its turmoil.
It sounds like the writer’s whole world has been turned upside down.
But I left off the first verse of that psalm, which serves as the foundation. Actually, all you need is to see the first two words: “God is …”
The psalmist describes God as his refuge, strength and helper. Because of who God is, the writer says, “we will not be afraid” of all of those traumatic scenes.
God’s identity gives perspective on everything else. That’s why the psalmist reminds himself and the readers at the end to “be still and know that He is God.”
Once you know God and know His character, know that He will accomplish everything for our good and for His glory, we can face even the worst times unafraid.
Even earth-shattering moments in our lives are no match for the One who spoke the earth into existence.