I Shall Not Be Moved


I shall not be, I shall not be moved
I shall not be, I shall not be moved
Just like a tree, Planted by the waters
I shall not be moved.

Sometimes the sick think of the blessing of God as a cure. Other times the one who has suffered job loss may see the blessing of God as getting that job back or finding a new one. In these cases the blessing is a reversal of fortunes. The blessing is God taking the problem and eliminating it.

But in our lives we often don’t get the cure. Sometimes we have to live with the diabetes till we die, sometimes we have to learn how to handle the migraines, and yes sometimes we have to learn how to manage with the arthritides. In addition, some of us may have to recognize that a new job may not be soon on the horizon and happy days may not be here again.

The good news is that God’s grace is not always characterized by a reversal of fortune, sometimes God’s grace is simply the power to keep on keeping on. In this spiritual, the slave looks into the eyes of the worse that the world can marshal against her and says simply “I’m still holding on.” “When my burden’s heavy…I shall not be moved.” I may have harder burdens than I even know of, but I won’t give up or give in. “If my friends forsake me…I shall not be moved.” Even if I have to stand up alone, I will stand up, just like that tree that is in the water, I shall not be moved.

The slave teaches us as we live in these last days of earth’s history that God’s grace includes simply the perseverance to just hold on.

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Sherman Haywood Cox II is the director of Soul Preaching. He holds the M.Div with an emphasis in Homiletics and a M.S. in Computer Science.

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Revised Common Lectionary
Proper 14 (February 26, 2017)
  • OT: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
  • Psalm: Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b
  • Epistle: Romans 10:5-15
  • Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33
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