Ezekiel 31:1-32:32; Hebrews 12:14-29; Psalm 113:1-114:8; Proverbs 27:18-20
“Therefore, let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot
be shaken, and then let us offer to God
acceptable worship, with reverence and awe,
for our God is a consuming fire.”
Typhoons, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, blizzards–we see the damage they inflict; the impermanence of shelters meant to protect; the helplessness of man in the face of strong forces of nature; the external manifestations of an imperfect world because of sin.
We also see results of internal storms all around us–divorce, adultery, abuse, greed, perjury, lust, murder, rape, prejudice. In their aftermath we witness broken families, empty bank accounts, loss of jobs, loss of life, despair and depression and much more.
Into this broken world, our God came to set up a new kingdom–a new reality–that cannot be shaken or destroyed by internal or external means.
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord that we who believe are part of this kingdom through faith…through confession of our sins…through acceptance of Christ’s work on the cross…through forgiveness.
Our earthly world may be shaken, but our heavenly shelter in Christ will never be. “On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”
Lord God, images of shaken Philippine communities remind us of the fragility of our life on earth. So do the deaths of loved ones remind us of our impermanence. But praise be to you, O God, who creates a permanent place for us in Heaven–and in our hearts by faith. Lord, open our mouths to share the hope that lies within us–that those who are seeking something that will last may come to know of your unshakable kingdom. We also pray that You would be with all those suffering great loss in the Philippines and come to their aid for Jesus’ sake, Amen.
“Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the God of Jacob,
who turned the rock into a pool,
the hard rock into springs of water.”
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