As I sat a little while ago, a storm arose. My room is situated in the corner of our house and I could hear the fierce winds coming in both directions. As I looked out the window the trees were bowing, and the wind caused the rain to fall sideways. All of this didn’t last any longer than about 30 minutes and then there was a great calm.
When I say a great calm, I mean a great calm. It seems as if those same trees that were bowing before are now frozen stiff, and not one leaf on their branches is shimmering nor shaking. As I thought about what I’d just experienced, I said, My God, only You can make such things happen, but people say it’s “mother nature.” Only You Lord, can cause the winds to blow from nowhere while blowing everywhere, not “mother nature.” Only You Lord, can cause water to evaporate from the ocean in the form of water vapor and eventually returns to land and sea in the form of precipitation, not “mother nature.”
All of a sudden I heard the Lord whisper the words echoed in Hebrews 12:26-29, “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. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.”
Then I asked, Why are you going to shake earth and heaven Lord?
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. 2 The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. 3 They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one…Psalm 14:1-3
Then the Lord said, “Because of this, My wrath is coming…
“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles……Romans 1:18-23
So what does this mean for those of us who believe, hope, trust, and live our lives through Christ? When we live our lives in and through Christ, we’re built on a rock, a firm foundation, which cannot be shaken, but the foolish are NOT so….
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”..Matthew 7:24-27.