Pr. 12:3: “A man is not established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous cannot be moved.”
I remember my young adult years being filled with what I referred to as restlessness. I never felt a strong sense of peace in my life and I blamed it on anything but myself. I listened to my music way too loud, I wore clothes that let me feel ‘free’, I travelled a lot, I drank too much, and camped out alone in the woods. I was trying to intentionally either out run my restlessness or ease it with over the top activities.
I was trying to find my peace in things of this world, sin, and unconstraint. Unfortunately, all I really found was more loneliness, more restlessness, and choices to regret later on. Thankfully I didn’t lose my life in the process.
I remember the day I realized I no longer felt that restlessness. It kind of snuck up on me, actually.
During my peace-seeking I found a man who loved Jesus. Yes, I had been raised in church, but I really only loved myself. Jesus was only ever in my mind when I felt momentary guilt or shame.
Eventually we were married, and this man who loved Jesus took me to a church that loved Jesus. I began to understand what it meant that Jesus was truly my Savior. I began to understand how much He loved me. (You don’t die in someone else’s place if they don’t mean something to you)
I began to read the Word of God out of curiosity and delight rather than out of duty. I found out more about God’s love than I had ever known before.
I began to worship the Lord just for who He is, not out of guilt or shame. I finally perceived the truth about grace, realizing salvation was not based on my actions, good or bad, but on God’s grace and compassion.
One day, without warning, I realized I was full of peace. All the restlessness that I thought I’d been cursed with was simply gone. In its place was the peace that passes all understanding, and the One who had placed it there was God.
Finally, I had a root to hold me in place. My foundation was solidly established, and I no longer had to out run the sinking sand beneath my feet.
Once I allowed Jesus Christ to be my personal Cornerstone, I gained the security I’d sought for so long.
I know from experience, that anything outside of God will leave your foundation unsound and unstable. If you need a foundation for your life that is fixed and unshakable, Jesus Christ is the answer.
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.” Matthew 14:27
Rooted in Him alone,