Welcome back! I hope you all had a good weekend. Today on the blog I’m continuing my “Life Verses” series. Each installment chronicles a different verse that ministered to me during a season of my life, so be sure to read parts 1, 2, and 3 first.
Last time, I talked about how Exodus 14:14 spoke to me last summer and reminded me that God was fighting for me. Today’s verse really spoke to me last fall.
25 Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking. For if the people of Israel did not escape when they refused to listen to Moses, the earthly messenger, we will certainly not escape if we reject the One who speaks to us from heaven! 26 When God spoke from Mount Sinai his voice shook the earth, but now he makes another promise: “Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also.” 27 This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain.
28 Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. 29 For our God is a devouring fire.
For those of you who don’t know me as well, are new here, or just don’t remember what was going on in my life last fall: I was in a season of really pressing in and asking God what His plans were for my life, and when I asked, He answered. He answered in some really big and scary ways that grew my faith tremendously (you can read more about that here).
In that season of my life, a lot of things in my life changed, and quickly. It was easy to get scared if I looked at all I’d lost, but it was better to get excited when I looked at all that was coming. I was careful to not refuse to listen to the One who was (and is) speaking. I clung to the promises God made, and I was comforted that even though some things were being shaken out of my life (friends, job, plans, and more), I was confident that the unshakable things (my faith, God’s promises to me) would remain. They would be steady for me to cling to when everything seemed to be dropping out of my life like flies. [Although out of all the flies I’ve chased around my house and car, I’ve never seen one drop dead. One night my sisters and I were literally running back and forth between bedrooms in our house trying to herd this fly into somewhere we could smack him, and it took us like 30 minutes of chasing him before he sat down to take a rest and we hit him. But I digress.]
I seriously went through some intense shaking. Shaking off a lot of what I had learned about God and my faith to have my eyes opened to how much more there is! Physical shakings, where my body would shake and shake and shake uncontrollably, but instead of fear I was filled with unexplainable peace and joy as I just knew God was shaking off everything that didn’t belong in my life. Shaking off my plans and finding that God’s were better anyway. Shaking off my fears of what others would think of me and deciding to jump headfirst into this trusting-God-with-my-whole-entire-life-and-holding-nothing-back-thing. Shaking off common sense and embracing the wild, crazy, free, and creative miracles God began doing in my life.
Now I’m receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, hallelujah! My worship has indeed been so much more in awe of all God can do, because I’ve seen it. I’ve experienced it. I’ve tasted and seen that He is good, y’all! I highly recommend a walk of faith to everyone courageous and bold enough to step (or jump) into it. God won’t let you down. Don’t fear if things begin to be shaken out of your life, because what is unshakable will remain!
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