“For thus says the Lord of hosts: “Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. And I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with glory,” says the Lord of hosts. “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine,” declares the Lord of hosts. “The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former,” says the Lord of hosts. “And in this place I will give peace,” declares the Lord of hosts.”
The book of Haggai was written as a book of encouragement and a call to rebuild amidst rubble…hope despite desolation…and belief even during times of hardship and disappointment.
Haggai spoke of a time to come when the world would be shaken up as it had never been shaken before.
Ironically, this was intended to be a comfort for people who were standing in rubble!
While this may seem difficult to understand at first glance, the writer of Hebrews took comfort in the shaking of this world, as an indication of the removal of things can be shaken…in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain…
In this vain, what we must ask ourselves is this…when our world shakes, are we shaken with it, or are we unshakable in spite of it?
During this Lent we must build up ourselves through prayer and fasting so that no matter what challenges we are facing, our heart and mind will remain unshaken in the peace and joy of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Father, help me to hold onto your unshakable kingdom when my world is being shaken; to remember that Jesus Christ experienced the earthquake of the cross, so I would not be moved; and to remember that while treasures in the world may fail, You the treasure of all nations will never fail me. In Christ’s Name, Amen.