“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” — Psalm 55:22 (NIV)
Last week, we read that after we had suffered a little, that God Himself would restore us, and make us strong, firm and steadfast. Today, we read that He will sustain us.
But in order to do that, we must “cast our cares” onto Him. Give Him our problems; share our insecurities with Him, our worries with Him; we trust Him to look after those things, and those people, we care for. He, alone, is able to take care of things – far better than we ever can.
I’ve always struggled to understand the second part of the verse: “He will never let the righteous be shaken.” But I feel shaken quite often! Am I not righteous enough, then? But this is not the case – and that goes for all of us – we are made righteous in Christ. Remember, at the beginning of the year, we were reminded to “remain in” Christ? Well, when you do so, you are made righteous.
But, yet, we feel shaken at times – by circumstances, by challenges, by crisis, by Cornonaviruses … we are truly shaken by the calamities and the chaos that surround us. But yet, the Bible promises that “He will never let the righteous be shaken.”
If you research this verse in various Bible translations, so that you can see the original word that was used in the Bible, we see that the origin of the word was “a primitive root.” It seems that the real meaning is not a mere “shaking” as we would understand it, but an “uprooting” so that we were moved, brought down, fallen, faltering, tottered over, deviated from the right course, and so on. See various online sources, such as BibleHub.com or NetBible.
If you understand this deeper meaning, you will understand that – of course – you will not be shaken. You will not be uprooted, you will not be moved, you will not be deviated from the right course – as long as you “cast your cares on the Lord.” Let’s do that this coming week, so that we are sustained and will be held safe and sound, unshaken by whatever circumstances we face.
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