When the Shaking Begins, Where Will You Be? 7/18/13
Jesus said, “For the powers of the heavens will be shaken.Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory (Luke 21:26, 27 NASV).”
I was privileged to hear Arthur Burt in the 1990’s, who was in his 80’s at the time. Arthur is from Wales and he often refers to the glory of God that the church, if she stays humble, will experience in the last days. I’ll never forget Arthur saying this statement over and over again: “When the shaking begins, the best place to be is in the shaker!” If God is shaking things up in the last days, it is safer to be inside the shaker!
So what does this mean? It means we must practice the abiding presence of God. To dwell inside “The Shaker” means we are in Him, we know what he’s thinking, we are already pointed in the right direction before there is an emergency, before a crisis, before a weather catastrophe, or a spiritual shaking.
What’s all this about shaking? Ask the children of Israel. God told Moses to tell the people not to touch Mt. Sinai when it was shaking. I wish I could show you the large flash card that I showed my children when I taught this story in homeschool. I found this photo at fisheaters.com. Here’s the account recorded in Hebrews:
18 For you have not come to a mountain that can be touched and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind, 19 and to the blast of a trumpet and the sound of words which sound was such that those who heard begged that no further word be spoken to them. 20 For they could not bear the command, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it will be stoned.” 21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, “I am full of fear and trembling.” 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.
25 See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven.
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.
We are about to receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken. But first, God has made it plain that he will shake the earth and even the heavens. Anything that can be shaken will fall away. Anything that cannot be shaken, will remain.
In short, the best place we can be is inside “The Shaker.” We’ll talk more about living inside “The Shaker” next time.