There is much “shaking” going on around us in the world today. Financial, mental, physical, political and spiritual foundations are all being shaken. But we should not be surprised nor discouraged.
“Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken – that is, created things- so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” Heb. 12: 26-29
Evil is being called good and good evil. (Isaiah 5:20) Selling and promoting demonic shoes containing human blood is now socially acceptable but standing for the national anthem, saying the pledge of allegiance, and having prayer in school is offensive. Music that debases women is celebrated as “empowerment” while churches are told not to worship.
Apart from God, our value system will always become jumbled. We will begin to confuse sweetness and bitterness, light and darkness, and good and evil. We will label biblical morality as “intolerant” and “oppressive.” We will take offense at the truth that Jesus is the only way to salvation.
“Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil” (John 3:20).
This is certainly an accurate description of today’s culture.
So how do we as Christians respond? How do we stand and not crumble with all the shaking?
Ask God What He Is Doing
What are you doing, God? What are you saying? What are your plans for me? For my country? God is not surprised. Evil is exposing itself for all to see. And He wants us to respond with truth and compassion.
“When He saw the crowds, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38
Remember his Promises
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Heb. 13:8“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Heb. 13:5
“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.”
Trust Him, Have Faith in His Purposes
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Heb. 11:1
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he EXISTS and that he REWARDS those who earnestly seek him.” Heb. 11:6
Speak the Truth, Do Not Bow Down to Culture
“So we say with confidence, The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Heb. 13
Keep Our Eyes and Ears on the Shepherd, Keep Our Focus on the Eternal and Not Temporal
“My son, be attentive (qashab – prick up the ears like an animal coming to alertness) to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.” Proverbs 4:20
“For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.” Heb. 13:14
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9“
But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God” Acts 20:24 (NLT).
We are living in one of the greatest seasons of spiritual revival and awakening the world has ever seen. Let us not become weary. Let us not stop doing good. He is risen. And nothing compares to this good news!