Let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe (Heb. 12:28).
Press Secretary Tony Snow was fifty-three when he died. Snow, a Christian, had terminal cancer while in office under President George W. Bush. Despite his affliction, Snow was eloquent about how God works in a fallen world.
He wrote, “We want our lives to be a simple, smooth trail as far as the eye can see, but God likes to venture off-road. He provokes us with twists and turns, and he places predicaments in our lives that seem to defy our endurance and comprehension. Yet, we do not deny him.”
Why not? According to Snow, it’s not because God makes life easy. A life of belief teems with thrills, dangers, shocks, reversals, and triumphs. The reason we endure is not that God promises us endless earthly tomorrows; rather, he promises an eternity filled with love and life beyond anything we can comprehend.
Our God will do (or allow) whatever shaking is needed in our lives on earth for us clasp the hand that will hold us securely for his eternal kingdom that cannot be shaken.
Jesus, when I encounter difficulties and hardships that shake me, help me to cling to the hand that will hold me securely for the unshakable kingdom you promise.