At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens. ” This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.
This was one of the lectionary passages we studied last Sunday. It just keeps echoing through my head this week. I am, sometimes, very shakable. There is so much in me and around me that is shakable, so much that could change at any minute, so much that is infinitely distracting but ultimately meaningless, that sometimes I just shake for no reason. But He is fixed, immovable, everlasting, and He is fixing me so that I can stand firm, or at least firmer. What a comfort to remember that even when I am shaking, it's just another of the many ways God gets rid of what doesn't work and what doesn't matter, leaving only that which can't be shaken to remain.