Some of you are being shaken right now. You may have had an enemy attack come seemingly out of nowhere. You might be holding on for dear life, wondering why on earth this happened, and what you did to deserve it. If this is you, I have a word for you today.
First, I want you to know this: if you're being shaken, it's very likely that you didn't do anything to deserve it. But if we stop there, we miss the whole point. When God allows shaking in your life, it's not about “deserving” or not deserving. The “deserving-ness” of it all is really pretty immaterial in the big picture.
Here's what shaking IS about:
If you're being shaken, God only allowed it because He wants to prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies.
Psalm 23:1-6 says:
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
This passage is key because it says that Papa, the GOOD SHEPHERD, occasionally walks us right through the valley of the shadow of death.
No, really. On purpose.
He allows us to go through this place. Not alone; never alone. He's right there with His rod and His staff to comfort us.
And by the way, lest you have a bad picture of what the rod and staff are: the shepherd doesn't use the rod and staff to beat the sheep. The rod is to protect the sheep from wolves and other attackers, and the staff is used to guide the sheep. 🙂
So Papa's protection and guidance comfort us during our trek through the valley of the shadow of death.
But what's on the other side of this valley? The table He has prepared for you.
That table is filled with good things. That table is filled with all the meats and desserts and sweet treats you could ever have imagined. He made it for you before the foundation of the world.
But see, in order to get you to that table, He needed a Kingdom-legal victory for which He could reward you.
Nothing is ever free except the free gift of the blood of Jesus and salvation through His name. Promotion comes at a cost. Advancement comes at a cost. There is ALWAYS a price to be paid for growing and advancing in the Kingdom.
And, just like David, the sweet Psalmist of ancient Israel …
In order to promote you, Papa needed a giant for you to kill.
So He looked around and got one out of His wallet. He picked an enemy of His, so He could kill the proverbial two birds with one stone. He thought, “BAM! I can eliminate this giant away from my people PLUS elevate My servant at the same time.”
And He dumped that enemy right in your lap …
… because He trusted you with it.
So Papa has given you this giant to kill, and here's how to slay it:
Be faithful. Be so faithful it annoys the fight out of your enemies. Be obnoxiously faithful.
Hebrews 12:26b-29 tells us this key to winning the battle if you're being shaken:
… but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.”
Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.”
Here's the thing: when you are fighting a giant, if you will pray, that giant's actions will expose their true character.
But it works both ways. You will have to show your true character too. And that showing of your true character may hurt a little for some period of time. Jesus was reviled and insulted, but He did not revile or offer insult in return (1 Peter 2:23).
But you know what? If you will be obnoxiously faithful–
If you will REFUSE to be shaken off your post–
If you will refuse to be shaken out of your calling–
If you will stay right where you are, serving God “acceptably with reverence and godly fear”–
then our God who is a Consuming Fire will utterly obliterate your adversaries.
Why? Because the Lord loves justice (Isaiah 61:8), and He will not suffer His holy ones to see corruption. It was true for Jesus, and it's true for you. It's the Word of God.
So if you're being shaken, be obnoxiously faithful:
- Press into God.
- Pray more than you've ever prayed.
- Worship more than you've ever worshipped.
- Honor and love and pray some more.
- Refuse to abandon the tasks to which God has called you.
- Refuse to abandon the people to whom God has called you.
- Refuse to abandon anything good and holy.
Be so faithful you just annoy the heck out of the devil. Use the grace God has given to you to stay hidden in Christ and outlast your enemies.
And GOD will see you through. HE will bring you to the table He has prepared for you, right in the presence of your enemies. And YOU will be one of those things which cannot be shaken–one of those things which will remain and be a credit and a glory to Jesus Christ, and a crown for the heads of your spiritual mothers and fathers.
Beloved, the battle is very personal. Don't let the enemy of your soul, the accuser of the brethren, shake you off. GOD is allowing this in your life because He plans to use it to promote you. Hang in there, and He will walk you right on through to victory.
Are you being shaken right now? Does this word speak to you today? If so, please leave a comment below. I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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