Exodus 19:17–20; Haggai 2:5–9; Hebrews 12:25–27
We are often skeptical about God making the mountains tremble and the oceans roar. Our deeper understanding of the natural world makes us a little arrogant about things. We “know” that it’s really tectonic plate movement that causes that. The heavens don’t really shake, so we think. We “know” all about stars and gas giants and planets.
While the Scriptures often turn to (what was to them) mysterious events beyond their understanding, their underlying understanding matches our own. God created everything.
The writer of Hebrews understood and shared that created things are not permanent. They will not last. The writer of Hebrews presents this in contrast to the Kingdom of God which is eternal.
Often, we judge our lives, their successes, and failures, upon the frailties of created things. Sometimes we value our lives based upon career, money, gathered things. Sometimes we value our lives upon people. Regardless, in the face of the Kingdom of Heaven, they are only temporary.
In a time such as this, when society seems so unstable, it is good to understand that the Kingdom of God is stable, everlasting, and unshakable.
1) What is something created or temporary you find really important? Why?
2) Even when science gives a mechanism or way to understand the natural world, why is it still critically important to remember who created it all?
3) What’s “shaking” you right now? How can you put that on the sure foundation of the Kingdom of God?
Lord, help us be assured that we are firmed rooted on your foundation. Amen.