Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.
How often have you felt shaken recently? While I have never lived through an earthquake, when I lived in Canberra I liked to visit Questacon, the National Science Museum. On one level of the building was a floor devoted to the science of weather and geology. One of the exhibits on this floor was an earthquake simulator, which you could enter and experience a simulated recreation of the 1989 Newcastle earthquake. In a country where serious earthquakes are relatively rare, I can only imagine what it must have been like to feel the ground heave and shake underneath you like that. Usually we are confident that the ground is stable, it doesn't move, and is reliable. But it is not just the ground we think of in this way. We can put faith and trust in all sorts of things, wealth, health, relationships, reputation, power. Under normal circumstances, these things can give a false sense of security. Just like the ground shakes in an earthquake, major stresses in life can shake those things that we have placed our hope and trust in. The only place for real assurance, is with God. His love and mercy does not change, in him we have assurance and consistency. Even when the whole world around us might be shaking, he holds us in the palm of his hand, secure in his divine love and grace. Now that's something to be thankful for!
Heavenly Father, the world seems to be turned upside-down at the moment. It offers no certainty or security. Every day more news breaks about Covid-19, about unrest and protests, about financial downturns and struggling economies. Help me to remember today, that amid all of this uncertainty, that your love and grace are certain. Help me to live an unshaken life today, confident in you. Amen
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