"At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens. The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be shaken-that is, created things-so that what cannot be shaken may remain." Hebrews 12:25-27
Spring to Summer, Fall to Winter; seasons are so amazing to me. As the seasons change nature begins to adapt to these changes. During the Fall one of my favorite things begins to happen, the green leaves of Spring and Summer begin to change colors creating a myriad of red, orange, yellow and brown, which characterize the colors of the Fall season. The cool winds begin to blow during Fall, making way for the winter. As the trees are touched by the wind, they sway and the leaves that were once green with life began to fall to the ground. However, as we look at this change of season, trees hold one fundamental truth: even as the wind and change in weather blows the leaves from the branches, the base and roots of the tree remain intact. There is no change in them as a result of the shaking they are experiencing, the roots are planted firmly in the earth, unshakable, unmoved.
These trees are so reminiscent of our beliefs and what we hold to be true about our faith. Often there are times when the winds of life blow. We find ourselves caught in the middle of uncertainty, doubt, fear, unbelief and countless others things. As we grow in the light of God's word and begin to understand the fundamental truths that God reveals to us through His Word, we become planted and grounded in what our God says about us and to us. The foundation of this truth, which is God, creates a stable environment for us to plant our faith and hope. There are so many things in this world that come as an illusion to the truth. People hold their own sense of theology, beliefs and values based on their perception of what is right and wrong. However as believers, we don't have to lean to our own understanding, God has given us the foundation in His Word. As our lives are transformed by it, we become rooted in the unshakable, unchanging values of God. He promises in Hebrews, there will be a shaking of the earth and heaven, meaning that anything unstable is subject to fall away. As these winds of the world blow and God begins to separate the shakable (removable) from the unshakable (established), we want to remember to build our lives and thinking around the truths of God's word, which will be the only thing sure foundation we will have in the end.
Prayer: God, thank you for the opportunity to see and understand the light of your Word. I pray that you would plant my life in the unmovable foundation that is You. Grant me the opportunity to share this truth with others so that their faith can be established as well. -Amen