Sunday, March 14, 2010

Shaky Times

We are living through what is being called the Great Recession. Everyone I know is feeling the effects, not the least of which is a certain level of anxiety about the future. As believers, we shouldn't be taken by surprise. God warned of times of shaking before Jesus returns. Hebrews 12:26 says, "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens." He is doing this to reveal the things that cannot be shaken. One of those things that are unshakable should be our confidence in Jesus.

One of the metaphors used to describe the Lord is as a "Rock." He is also described as a "fortress." Both of these picture our God as our place of refuge, protection, and security. In fact, there is no other shelter from the coming storm, because He is the only one who cannot be shaken.

If we think that by will power or self-discipline or the accumulation of wealth we can become unshakable, we are only deluding ourselves. There is no aspect of our natural capacities that can stand up to the challenges that await us, and while these are difficult times, we must see them as practice for times of testing to come.

This thing we are calling the Great Recession is, therefore, a time to press into Jesus. We need to spend more intentional time in Bible study, in prayer, in worship, in meditation upon the word and listening to the Lord. Now, more than ever, we need to deepen our sense of God's presence and grace upon our lives. He is the only unshakable One, and only in Him will we become those who cannot be shaken.

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