A Whole Lot of Shaking Going On

When I was a teenager there was a popular rock 'n' roll song , "there's a whole lotta shakin goin on."  The title popped into my thoughts yesterday as I was contemplating what I might write for this blog post.   While that title and it's lyrics have nothing to do with what God has to say on the subject, still I found the title applicable to where we all reside at this current moment in our history.  

We are rattled, shaken....by COVID-19, by quarantine, isolation, by civil unrest, by uncertain finances, job losses, by lack of social interactions in and out of church, by faces hidden by masks, by illnesses, death, and losses, by the inability to give and receive handshakes or hugs, by lack of school for our children, lack of weddings, funerals, celebrations,  sports, and community gatherings, and the list goes on.

What does God say about all this?
Hebrews 12:26 b -28 NLT
" Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens."
The words "once more" indicate the removal of what can be shaken-that is the 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"

The writer to the Hebrews says everything that can be shaken will be shaken. Are you feeling it? There's nowhere to hide. There's a feeling of an ongoing earthquake rattling everything beneath our feet. This has only just begun.  
God says He's removing some "created" things, so that what's eternal will remain.

We've been given a road map to navigate through this strange time.  
We are encouraged to be thankful and so worship God acceptably and with awe.  Our very act of thankfulness is worship. I cannot be thankful without a spirit of submission to the providence and goodness of God.

When my daughter's house burned last November, in the midst of all the emotions of loss and shock she began a thankful list.  Suddenly homeless, on the day of the fire she told her girls she was watching for what God would do in the circumstance.  The list grew and grew as God walked with them and provided everything they needed...and she was thankful.  
And so she worshipped with reverence and awe.

How can I worship God today?  I can consciously thank Him in the midst of God's shaking of everything.

Kathy Mckenzie

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