“God is within her, she shall not be moved”
This is a very popular verse, and I’m pretty sure we are all familiar with it. It’s like a coffee mug verse and it was even my Instagram bio at some point lol.
I had always just read that specific line but not the whole chapter, so I understood it metaphorically, that if we are God’s children, then he dwells in us and us in him. If I was being attacked spiritually, if I was overwhelmed, if I had heavy weights on my shoulders, if I was being tested, if I was giving more than I thought I could handle, if I was being discouraged, always it was “God is within me, I will not fall/be moved/be shaken”. When I had trials and tribulations and it seemed like the storm was raging on, and I was drowning in attacks from the devil with no way out, seemingly, I could always stand strong on the word of God as my foundation and everything would be alright. When the things I had put my hope and security in would fail me, I could go back to the word of God and “not be moved”. Basically, “when the most stable become unstable, there should be “no fear” because of the transcendent stability of God”. As long as God dwells in me, come sufferings and misfortunes, come hail or high waters, come storms that rage on, I will not be moved.
Although this is true, I just learned, from reading the bible (go figure), that this verse is also very literal.
“God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.” (Psalm 46:1-5)
“Though the earth gives way”, earthquakes.
“Though its waters roar and foam”, floods.
The Bible then goes on to say that “there is a river whose streams make glad the city of God… God is within her, she shall not be moved”.
The “her” that this verse is referring to was the City of God, Jerusalem. God dwells in that city, so come earthquakes, or hurricanes, or floods, or attacks from their enemies, as long as God dwells in that city, it will not be moved. It will not be destroyed.
So, also with the terrible floodings occurring around the world, we will not be shaken. We will rebuild and by the grace of God, we will come out stronger.
8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
Quick geography-ish lesson. A city is comprised of people, and the people make the city what it is. Also, people have to dwell in a place for it to be a city right? So if God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit dwell in us, we are a city, right? Right. “You are the light of the World, A city set on a hill cannot be hidden” Matthew 5:14. So, I was right in my metaphorical understanding of the verse. We are God’s city and we will not be moved, so be encouraged in whatever situation you find yourself in or with whatever circumstance you’re dealing with.
Although the things we’ve placed our hope in may fail us, although the foundation on which we’ve built our lives and houses on may fail us because God dwells in us, we will not be shaken.
That relationship that you’d planned your future around ends up falling through? You will not be moved.
That major/graduate program you bet your whole future on some how doesn’t work out? You will not be moved.
Things don’t pan out exactly how you thought they would? You will not be moved.
Compared to the rest of your friends, things are not moving at the speed that you thought they’d be moving? You will not be moved.
*inserts whatever life situation it is that you’re dealing with that God is very aware of even though it seems like you’re alone and deserted* You will not be moved.
“God is within her, she shall not be moved.”
So, with all of the flooding experienced this past week, and for the cities affected (literally and metaphorically), this is my prayer and declaration over Texas, Makurdi, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and your temple/city.
“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream, then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy, then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them”” (Psalm 126:1)
Also, I encourage y’all to be the embodiment of Christ. Donate where you can and volunteer your time and resources where you can. These are some churches you can volunteer with or donate to as God guides you. I also encourage you to do your research and remember that people have needed help before the flood and will need help after the flood.
PS: I’m not affiliated with any of these churches personally but I attended Antioch while I was in college and I attend Hope city currently.
“15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these? “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you. Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” 16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.” (John 21:15-17)