If things are shaken, will it be left standing?
Or will it crumble beneath you?
It's easy to get started building our lives on shaky foundation. We may not do it intentionally. We're probably not even aware we're doing so. Things get going well in life and we slowly begin to drift from the firm foundation we should be building our lives upon. And we drift to something less secure in the long run - even though it seems secure at the time.
It's when things change, when our world is shaken, that we realize the foundation we were building isn't secure. When we come upon something unexpected or something difficult happens and we're no longer able to rely on what we were relying on, because it won't stand any longer.
God says in His Word that He will shake things so that only what cannot be shaken remains.
At the 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.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.
It will bring down the things we have created that we have tried to build our lives upon. What is left will be what cannot be shaken - that thing we should build our lives upon.
The writer of Hebrews tells us what this is . . . it is the Kingdom of God. The foundation we build our lives upon needs to be God and His ways. Our lives should be founded on the gift of grace and forgiveness Christ offers us through His death and resurrection. That is the foundation that can never be shaken by what life brings. That is the foundation that will remain even when everything else falls away.
To build our lives on this foundation, we have to choose to accept the gift we've been offered. It's not about things we do or things we earn. It's about accepting the gift of love and forgiveness we've been offered, and learning to live in that.