Let Everything Shake
“Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” 27 Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. – Hebrews 12:26-27
“As God allows things to shake, shackles loosen. The very thing you thought would take you out is what God uses to set you free.”
I made a list one day. It contained everything that I felt had been stripped away in the turmoil of my stormy season. As the days went on and I kept glancing back at this list that seemed to stare with laser beam demise through my soul, I began to realize a trend among these things. I had titled this list “Things God has stripped away”. But I quickly realized this list needed a new title. They were all “Things I Depended on More than God”. When I came to this epiphany, I had to make a decision. I couldn’t live life blaming God anymore for my trials. I couldn’t keep waking up in the mornings weighed down with victimhood and pity. I had to choose to see this how it really was. It was an opportunity to be conformed to the image of Jesus instead of remaining dependent on positional status, popularity, acclaim, or man-made significance. Instead I would have to be totally dependent on God and the identity He has for me. Maybe you have a list somewhere that seems to be eating you alive as it reminds you of all you have lost. It may be time to look at that list again and to see if there is any treasure you can find in the mess. There might be something God is trying to help you with that you haven’t seen before.