There is an important verse in Isaiah 28.16 which says:
‘Behold I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone,
A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed.
He who believes in it will not be disturbed.’ [NASB]
The margin, for the word ‘disturbed’, says ‘will not be in a hurry’. Peter writing in his first epistle says, ‘He who believes in Him will not be disappointed.’ 1 Peter 2.6. The margin says: ‘will not be put to shame’.
As I have learnt, those who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ will not be shaken; they will not be hustled or rushed [or, as the KJV puts it, ‘not make haste’]; they will not be disturbed. They trust in the Everlasting Rock, the ‘sure foundation’ that is Christ. Those who believe in the tested Stone, the precious Cornerstone, the sure foundation that is Christ, will not get into a panic; they will not break up (disintegrate) with anxiety or give way to despair. Satan tries to shake them in the outer man, but inside [in the inner man, in the spirit, deep within the heart] they are steadfast; they hold on to the promises of Christ; they stand on the ground of Christ; they know – i. what He is [an everlasting Saviour], ii. what He has done [a Finished Work], iii. what He is doing now [our heavenly High Priest intercedes for us in prevailing intercession – for how can His prayers fail?].
We who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ have an ‘anchor within the veil’. The storms may buffet us, but we hold fast to Christ. He will bring us through. ‘Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.’ [Psalm 116.7]
1 September, 2006