Every Day Counts: Girls who remain unshaken
Have you ever felt like you’ve been in a barren place? A place where joy seems a stretch, faith looks more like doubt, and peace doesn’t feel near. At all. I know I have felt like this, many times. I have been in seasons in which it feels close to impossible to even cling onto the fringes of truth.
But I have also come to know that in these places, we are called higher.
We are invited to set our feet on the unchangeable security of the Rock.
The Father’s greatest dream over us and for all eternity is a desire for real connection. Our lives were designed to abide in and only in Him. The place where all life is found; every good and perfect gift (James 1:17).
In Him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3). That means all joy, all peace. All fulfilment. Unless we are living from and within that place, we literally build on shifting sands. That can seem quite an uncomfortable reality. Hear me out.
It is His kindness is to remind us of this. Why? Because we are called to live lives that grow down deep. Lives that have more-than-surface substance, that don’t just bear impressive exteriors but are rich in intimacy with Jesus.
Colossians 2:7 says we are to ‘have the roots [of our being] firmly and deeply planted, being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as we were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.’.
How do we have strong roots? By leaning on who He is and relying on His nature. By resting upon His word and clinging that which He has promised. Do you believe, today, that His words never return void?
He is all about making much out of mustard-seed faith.
Kingdom growth often looks a bit upside down. Often it looks like laying down, sometimes it even outwardly looks like losing. But know this, His faithfulness is steadfast, and there’s a strength that flows out of weakness and dependence.
David knew strength this well.
‘I saw God before me for all time. Nothing can shake me; He’s right by my side. I’m glad from the inside out, ecstatic; I’ve pitched my tent in the land of hope.’ (Acts 2:25-26).
In the midst of everything that David saw around him and in the tension he walked between the now and-not yet, there was one place worth placing all his hope, all his strength and all his trust. He pitched the tent of his heart in the land of hope.
Hope means that we trust and wait for what is still unseen.
What is still yet to be.
Choosing faith above the natural circumstances that there will be fullness because we are connected to Fullness. The most amazing exchange happens when know Hope and when we build our lives upon it; we give it a way, freely. When we choose to place our whole being, completely, totally on Him – hope spills over as an outflow of our abiding. We literally release it into the circumstances around us.
And this is His sure promise for us: that when we place our hope within His and, our lives are furnished with abundance, even in the most broken and barren places.
When we entrust our lives to the Sure Place, we remain unshaken.
So where have you pitched your tent today?
Activation / Prayer
Is there a situation in your life can you practically position your hope today? Write out the promise and declare in prayer where you have pitched the tent of your heart
Ella is a Finalist at Durham University, studying Natural Sciences. She loves being part of the Bethshan church family