This 77 year old grandmother from Texas looks secure in this photo, perched upon an “ice throne” on her vacation in Iceland. However, seconds later a wave washed in and dislodged this chunk of ice on the shore. She knew she was in trouble when her “throne” began to rock back and forth. Before she could react, the wave swept her out to sea and she had to be rescued! Thankfully, although she was shaken, she was unharmed!
Today’s verse talks about receiving a Kingdom that thankfully cannot be shaken. The Israelites had already experienced the earth shaking at Mount Sinai when God warned them. And one day God will again shake the earth and even the heavens with warning and judgement (Rev. 6:12-14). Only God’s Kingdom will remain, a Kingdom that will be immovable and eternal. This Kingdom will include a new heaven and a new earth (Rev. 21:1-2). It is with this perspective that we can worship the God of the universe as He should be worshipped, with reverence and awe.
It is sobering for me to think of the instability and temporary nature of every created thing around me. But what awaits in God’s Kingdom is infinitely better and more beautiful! What’s more, there will be no more shaking, sinking or waves of trouble that overwhelm and destabilize. I want to build my life on what is eternal and not swept out to sea! Seeking His Kingdom and rule first gives my life a stability not dependent on the swirling circumstances around me.
Lord, I am so thankful that because of Your grace, You have made me part of Your Kingdom!