Hebrews 12, 1 Peter 4:12-13, Romans 8:28, Ephesians 2:20
Most of us grew up doing the classic childhood dance, the Hokey Pokey. My favorite part of this dance is when you “put your whole self in and shake it all about.” It is so exhilarating! It is so freeing! And in the dance, it is also totally by choice.
But what happens when life throws us in and we are shaken all about without our consent?
What do those times do to our perspective? What do they do to our faith? In Chapter 12, the writer of Hebrews quotes a promise of God from the book of Haggai. God promises, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” Our world is going to be shaken."
In fact, 1 Peter 4:12 says, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.” We are to expect trials to come. We are going to be thrown into times of tribulation where we are shaken all about. These times could look like anything from diseases and illness, loss of a loved one, infertility, unemployment, etc. Yet, they all serve a purpose. Hebrews 12:27 says that this shaking of our lives is actually for our benefit.
We are shaken so that only “the things that cannot be shaken remain.” And what cannot be shaken? Verse 28 spells it out for us. Only the Kingdom of God.
Praise God that our world is shaken to show us how futile our own kingdoms are and how glorious His is!
May our world be shaken so that only His remains! Let us worship our God who is a Rock! Let us stand in awe of the goodness of God whose Kingdom is far better than anything we could ever imagine!
I always knew there was a reason why the Hokey Pokey was so fun!
So, this is a great truth and foundational principle in our lives as we face many trials that will sharpen our faith. This truth reminds us and emboldens us to remember that He works all things together for good (Romans 8:28). But how do we remember this truth in the midst of being shaken? Hebrews 12:1-2 directs us. “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the Founder and Perfecter of our faith.” When life throws our whole selves in and shakes us all about, we are to keep our gaze fixed upon Jesus, who for the JOY set before Him, endured the cross. As we are shaken, remember Jesus, who He is, and what He did on the cross. He is our Cornerstone and firm foundation. 1 Peter 4:13 says, “But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed.”
In conclusion, let’s rejoice and celebrate when we are shaken all about just like we did when we were kids, because in the end, it is going to sharpen our faith. It is going to rid ourselves of our kingdom so that only His remains!