“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken…”
Hebrews 12:28 ESV
We live in a world in which anything can happen and everything is subject change, at any moment. If you base your security on your circumstances (politics, the economy, how much money is in your bank account, weather, how many holidays you can take a year, etc.) then your emotions are going to change whenever your circumstances do. Pretty much everything in this world is shakeable and it seems that things are only getting more and more unstable. Our security cannot be in our jobs, wealth or even in our political freedom. If massive persecution broke out against Christians worldwide and we were thrown into prison, saw friends killed for their faith in Christ and had all our possessions and wealth repossessed by the government, we should still be able to rejoice in the Lord. We may not have reason to rejoice in our circumstances – but we can always rejoice in the Lord and His promises! This world is shakeable, but God’s kingdom cannot be shaken. If you want to be unshakeable, then you need to make sure that your trust is in God and not in the things of the world. We need to value what God values and find our security in Him.
If you focus on God’s Kingdom and value the things of His kingdom (more than the things of this world) then you will not easily be shaken. Money (for example) comes and money goes. A few years back in Zimbabwe, hyperinflation caused the value of the Zimbabwean Dollar to decrease making it one of the weakest currencies in the world. Eventually, they had to print banknotes in denominations up to a $100 trillion. There was a lot of suffering – but even in troubled times like that, you don’t have to be depressed. God is still with you no matter what! The promise in Hebrews 13:5 that He will never leave us nor forsake us is in the context of finances and lack. Put things into perspective! No matter what you are facing (whether financial challenges or even health problems) God is with you. His Word gives you hope for a positive outcome and even if things are challenging through to the day you die, one day you will be with Jesus in Heaven for eternity, in perfection, where there is no lack, no pain, no suffering and everything will be awesome.
There are promises in the Word for you today. Jesus wants you healed and provided for, and He wants us to enjoy this life. Sometimes things go wrong because we live in a fallen world. In times like that, dig into the Word, trust in and believe God. But don’t allow your happiness to be dependent on your circumstances. Choose to have joy even if you don’t see the fulfillment of what you’re trusting for in this life. Choose to rejoice in the Lord and His eternal promises and not in this shakeable kingdom which we are only temporarily living in.
August 23, 2019