One walks with trepidation, trying to figure out the “problem of suffering,” and why bad things happen to people. Though insurance companies are quick to judge anything that causes a catastrophic event as being an “act of God,” I am not quick to point the finger! Saying why an earthquake ruptures or why a hurricane spawns is usually more of a judgment on our part rather than Papa God’s. However, the events of this week do cause us to ask, “Why have the political and financial capitals of the world been rocked with an earthquake, and now a hurricane?” In attempting to answer such a question, one quickly realizes that we have “…the wolf by the ear and feel the danger of either holding or letting him loose.” (Thomas Jefferson, quoting the emperor Tiberius.) It seems that in any stance you take, you’re going to get bitten. “Wolf, wolf”, I say! I hope he doesn’t have rabies.
Last week, Candy wrote about the “shift” that is coming to the church (see the previous blog post). I say “amen” to the coming shift. Yet, with the shift will also be a shaking. “’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 worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.’” (Heb. 12:26-29) The Lord says the shaking will begin with the church, and it has. There has been a shaking of the foundations of Washington and New York. The gods on the hills of politics and finance have been rocked and have literally come to a stop! That we know!
I know this is the height of hurricane season and earthquakes happen, but could God be saying something? He has spoken that way before–could He use these events again? To say that God never uses catastrophic events for His redemptive purposes, or to say it is not His nature, is to cast a blind eye to the Old Testament. Likewise, to imply that God is the source of all disaster on earth is to discount the fall of man, the work of the enemy, and above all, “His lovingkindness abiding forever.” I cannot answer all these questions in one blog post, but His judgments we cannot know, nor His wisdom. All I can testify to is that God’s ways aren’t that mysterious, they are good! His intentions are always, always good!!!
Redemption is always Papa’s heart. He always has our best interest in mind! He is good in bringing forth His kingdom! His Kingdom is full of peace, rest, love, kindness, salvation, riches, wealth, power, and blessing! Man, being independent, always clamors for these attributes by human means, but only God can give these crowns that will last forever. So, the Lord is shaking out man’s gods and bringing us to the point of saying “yes” to Him.
Could it be that God can use this event for His glory?
Could it be that God is up to something bigger than we can figure out?
Could it be that He is releasing more of His Kingdom to a people who are crying out for more?
His Kingdom is power and freedom from the “stuff” of this world. His plan of restoration includes bringing a people, who are called by His name, to humble themselves and He will come and heal our land and forgive us. (II Chron. 7:14)
I’m not sure who, or what, pushed the button for these two events to happen simultaneously to the two greatest power centers on the face of the earth, but I do say, “get ready!” I do know that the “Day of the Lord is coming!” He is releasing a new generation of people who will be humbled, equipped, full of love and compassion, to bring in a great harvest. This Elijah Generation –sons and daughters–are to be the forerunner for Christ’s return. HE IS COMING! Today, He is calling our name to come into a Kingdom that is described in the Bible. He is releasing His “glory”—SHEKINAH is the Hebrew name (granted, coined from other Scriptural Hebrew words). Simply put, He is up to something big and we are included. It all depends on Him to release His glory and it all depends on His church to disperse it to the rest of the earth.
Wake Up! Shift, Shake, Shekinah! “And we with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (II Cor. 3:18)