Shaken, But Not Destroyed

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Tuesday’s earthquake in central Mexico has destroyed not just buildings and schools, but also countless families.  As rescuers listen for the cries of people buried under tons of rubble, the world watches in shock as images of the devastation are streamed across the globe.  Although our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Mexico, it raises an important question. “What will I do when my world is turned upside down?”  This is what many in Mexico are now asking as they begin to process the loss of their homes, businesses, and loved ones.


John Calvin, a 16th century reformer from Geneva, described the Book of Psalms as an anatomy of the soul because it covers the full range of human emotions.  Psalm 46 portrays a life that is being turned upside down through the imagery of water, mountains shaking, and nations rising and falling.  However, the psalmist reminds us of the comforting reality that comes from knowing that, “The LORD Almighty is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge fortress.”


When our world is shaken by personal loss and catastrophe, it is reassuring to know that we stand on a firm foundation which cannot be destroyed — Christ the Solid Rock!
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