26 And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.”
27 This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe;
29 for our God is a consuming fire.
In Hebrews 12:26, we’re reminded God’s voice caused the earthquake in Exodus 19:18. Satan is not the determiner of earthquakes and other natural disasters, but God in His sovereignty allows them to take place to warn us, and to remind us to trust Him and serve Him only. It’s the same when He allows our circumstances to shake. God’s grace is in the shaking, so we’ll hold onto Him, the unshakable One.
Another reason for the shaking is to multiply His wonders. In Exodus 11:9, the Lord said to Moses, “Pharaoh will not listen to you, so that My wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.” God could have led Israel straight out of Egypt before all the frogs and locusts. But He didn’t, and He had good reasons. In His sovereignty, He was multiplying His wonders.
Every single struggle you face is an opportunity for God to bring you to a place of deeper wonder—not deeper worry, but deeper wonder. He will shake every one of our earthly affections. But He is unshakable. His kingdom, promised to you, is unshakable. His grace is unshakable. Your God-given purpose and place in this life are unshakable. So be thankful, and worship Him with reverence and awe.
• Look at Psalm 46:2-3,6. How does Hebrews 12:26-29 explain why the psalmist said, “Therefore we will not be afraid”?
• What is something in your life that God likely wants to shake? For what purpose might He do so?
• Confess the shakable earthly affections you’ve been holding onto. Thank God for loving you enough to use whatever means necessary to remind you to hold on to what is unshakable and worship Him.