Don’t be shaken!

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. — Hebrews 12:28

During an earthquake that occurred many years ago, the inhabitants of a small village in South America were terrified as the massive quake shook their village apart. When the earthquake finally subsided and the people emerged from what shelter they could find, they were surprised to find one of the village’s elderly women smiling contently.

Perplexed, one of the young men approached her and asked, “Mother, aren’t you afraid?” “Of course not,” replied the wise old woman, “I rejoice to know that I have a God who can shake the world.”

We put stock in so many things in life that can be destroyed in an instant. But as Charles Spurgeon once said, the truth is that “there is nothing stable beneath these rolling skies.”

The storms of life are sure to come, and the ground beneath you is sure to quake. But these are not signs that you should despair. You are a child of God, and no change of circumstances can rob you of that privilege or snatch you out of His hands.

Be encouraged to know that the One who formed the foundations of the earth also holds you firmly in His will. And His Kingdom will never end. So smile contently, and show a hopeless world that your hope will not be shaken!

Prayer Challenge

Pray for the strength to trust God when your world is shaken. And ask for the grace to point others to the reason for your hope.

Questions for thought

What are some times in your life that God has held you firmly when your world was shaken? What kind of impact do you think that testimony has on others?