Not Shaken

Published on May 22nd, 2013 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0

 

I found myself the other day very concerned about what is happening in our country.  I am not sure if it is a by product of living longer and thus seeing the deterioration that occurs over time or if we, as a country are really in serious trouble.  I remember when I was younger listening in on conversations my dad had with his friends and they seemed to have the same concerns and yet, our country is still here.  Are these concerns simply something that naturally occupy our minds as we get older or are the recent events of the day strong evidence that our country has sunk to a level that it cannot recover from?  I am not sure I have the answer to those questions but I do know of a passage of Scripture that is both encouraging and challenging in regards to these things.

 

“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”  Hebrews 12:28,29

 

The verses that precede these verses give us a definition for those things that can be shaken.  “…things that are shaken – that is, things that have been madeHeb 12:27.  God was promising that those things that have been created will need to disappear so that all that is remaining are those things that are eternal.  The idea of being shaken was taken from when God spoke and his voice shook the earth.  The next time he speaks his voice will shake the earth and the heavens and that which can be shaken will be shaken so that only that which cannot be shaken will remain.

 

I love my country and am moved by all those who have fought and given their lives to defend this great nation.  I am sure that come Monday, Memorial Day,  I will once again be moved to tears as I consider all of those brave men and women.  But even though I love my country I am eternally grateful that God has touched my life and made me part of a kingdom that cannot be shaken.  That great gift of grace allows me to worship God in an acceptable manner.  The amazing work of Jesus on the cross and the eternal joy it has brought me allows me to worship Him with reverence and awe.  The truth that all of this, that I often find so important, will be destroyed one day by this God who is a consuming fire causes me to pause and stand in awe.  I will not be shaken and yet I know how weak and frail I am.  Yet, because of Jesus and his work in my life I will stand in that day.  Oh, how that leads to my worship!

 

What is driving your worship of our God today?  Are you worshiping in reverence and awe?  Are you living in such gratitude for the joy given you to be in a kingdom that cannot be shaken that this truth outweighs the stresses and trials from those things that will not last?  Think about those things in your life that make your knees buckle and that shake you to your core — now compare them to them to the truth that you are part of a kingdom that cannot be shaken.  Strengthens those feeble knees doesn’t it?  Reminds you of the rock that you have been placed on that brings stability.  Now take the time to worship the God who so graciously and mercifully accomplished that truth in your life.  What a mighty God we serve!

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