Stability. That’s something we humans tend to crave a lot, whether it’s stability in our economic status, our relationships, our beliefs, the places we live, etc. But as we go through life witnessing what goes on around us and in our own lives, many things and people we assume will always be stable so often won’t remain that way.
Nevertheless, the Lord has revealed that those unstable things can ultimately work for our benefit if we have the proper perspective. That proper perspective is acknowledging and trusting in the realization that only the Lord can provide the genuine stable things that last forever to those who have a relationship with him. As a matter of fact, he guarantees he will cause and/or allow things to be shaken up so he can help us distinguish things that can be shaken and removed from things that cannot be shaken and therefore remain. We find these words in Hebrews 12:
25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
29 For our God is a consuming fire.
This passage reveals to us what and who will remain after God shakes any and every thing that can be shaken, especially in the last days as Christ’s return approaches– God himself, his kingdom (including the citizens of that kingdom), and the principles upholding his kingdom. Tribes, nations, ethnic groups, physical health, stars, planets, church congregations, and church denominations are all examples of things that can be shaken and removed. What cannot be shaken are the Lord’s sovereignty, one’s relationship with the Lord by his grace, truth, righteousness, peace and joy (i.e. genuine Christianity), and his word.
So I have to ask myself, when things get shaken up in my life and in the things or people that have my attention, is my trust really in what cannot be shaken?