“He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.”
Have you ever heard someone say, “It shook me to my core?” When someone says this, something happened in their life that caused them to question what they believe and what they were doing. Usually, it is something that is traumatic in life that shook their faith and belief system.
In the verse above, God shows how a person could endure anything and be unshaken. God says, “…and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it…” Notice that the floods came, but the floods could not shake the house. The streams tried to undermine the house, but still the house could not be shaken. The reason it couldn’t be shaken is because “it was founded upon a rock.” When you look what it took for the house to be unshaken, you will discover there are three actions that the believer must take in order to be unshaken.
First, the believer must come to God to be unshaken. It says in verse 47, “Whosoever cometh to me…” There are two meanings to this statement. The first meaning is, whoever comes to God for salvation will have an eternal salvation. Jesus Christ is the only hope for anyone to get saved. Your faith and eternity will be unshaken when you come to Christ and receive Him as your personal Saviour.
Moreover, coming to God also means to come to Him in prayer. When the floods of life come your way, the only way to keep the floods from destroying your faith is to go to God in prayer. Prayer is the anchor that keeps the believer secure and unshaken in times of stormy trials. Whenever the storms come your way, the best action to take is to fall to your knees in prayer and hold onto God Who will be your anchor to keep you from being shaken in the storms.
Second, the believer must hear the LORD’s sayings. Jesus continues to say in verse 47, “…and heareth my sayings…” In other words, if you will read God’s Word regularly and listen to preaching, you will find yourself being unshaken in the storms. Reading God’s Word has a way of securing your faith. Listening to preaching has a way of securing your faith in Christ. Yes, you are always saved, but reading the Scriptures and hearing them preached always reminds you of what you have in Christ. The believer who is quickly shaken in the storms of life is the believer who regularly misses time in the Scriptures and doesn’t listen intently to the preaching of God’s Word. You will find yourself being unshaken in any storm when you ground yourself daily in God’s Word through reading it and listening to preaching.
Third, the believer must do what God tells them to do. Verse 47 continues to say, “…and doeth them…” In other words, the believer that takes what they have learned from God’s Word and obeys them by faith will find themselves being unshaken in the storms of life. Obedience, faith and service always helps to secure the believer’s spiritual core and foundation so that they are unshaken when they go through life’s storms.
Are you facing something that has shaken you? Let me encourage you to let these three actions be your anchor that secures your faith so that you can be unshaken.