Hearing the Heavenly Voice

In May of 1969 a national magazine told the story of Port Royal, Jamaica.... “Cities have been smothered with volcanic ash, leveled by hurricanes, shaken apart by earthquakes. But no disaster quite matches the one that struck Port Royal, Jamaica, at 11:43 a.m., on June 7, 16 … More

Unshakable
  1. Look ahead - To “those things that cannot be shaken” (vv. 25-29). If you read the newspaper or watch the news you know that many things around the world are shaking today. Many people (including Christians) are building their lives on things that can shake. A common reaction to life is the descriptive phrase “We’re all shook up?” Too many people are building their lives on things that can shake. God is shaking the things that can be shaken in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Think of some of the things that men trust in. We think that if we can get enough people to join our club we will have strength yet world alliances are collapsing on every hand. There is our trust in money. However, as our Lord reminded us, money is never enough and can become worthless overnight, as world governments and economies collapse.. Our trust in the wisdom of science is threatening the destruction of the world in which we live, including  hydrogen bombs, and such things as pesticides and exhaust fumes.
  2. However, as a Christian we can be confident as we look to Jesus Christ because we are part of an unshakable kingdom. Those who follow Christ are part of the “unshakable” kingdom, and will withstand any shaking, sifting or burning that may occur (vv. 28-29). When we feel unsure about the future, we can take confidence from these verses. No matter what happens here, our future is built on a solid foundation that cannot be destroyed. We should never put our confidence in what will be destroyed, but instead build our life on Christ and His unshakable kingdom to come. He is a God of compassion.

Application

I do not need to be distracted or frightened by the earthshaking things going on around me. I just need to keep running the race of life with endurance, and keep looking for Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 12:25-29 (English Standard Version)

See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens." This phrase, "Yet once more," indicates the removal of things that are shaken--that is, things that have been made--in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. 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.

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