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Devotional - week of October 28, 2001


GOD’S MERCIFUL SHAKING

He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.  Hebrews 12:26b-27.

The first shaking implied by the “once more” of the passage refers to the shaking of the earth at the giving of the ten commandments.

The words “may remain” need some interpretation. That which remains is God and the Kingdom of God. But God and His Kingdom will remain whether other things are shaken or not.

We must understand “may remain” to mean that when God does a shaking, we see clearly that He is the only object of faith that remains.

Why refer to God’s shakings as “merciful?” Throughout, the Bible makes it plain that God’s plan has always been for His people to trust Him and Him alone. Our natural tendency is to trust in ourselves, other people, and things.

When we trust in any person or thing rather that God, we have missed the mark for our lives. We live on a plane far below the “abundant life” level. Our strength, our joy, our sense of fulfillment are greatly diminished.

It is a merciful thing for God to awaken us from our spiritual sleep that we might admit our mistake and move to the road of faith. Trust in God and God alone will take us to life on the highest level.

All believers have their own personal shakings. But in recent days lives around this entire inhabited earth have been shaken. If we can see through the darkness of it all, on the other side of the low-hanging clouds we can see mercy.

Many of us have never had a better day to turn us from faith in ourselves, others, and things to faith in God alone.

On a broader scale we believers can see through the shaking of the low-hanging clouds the greatest opportunity for evangelism in the history of the world.