When I was a kid, I learned that Paul wrote the book of Hebrews. However, no one knows who wrote it. But it’s a great book, and has one mention of the word “kingdom.”
And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.” And this expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, in order that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.
This passage is related to Haggai chapter 2. God says through the prophet Haggai that He will shake the heavens and the earth. He will shake the nations and they will come with wealth, and He will fill “this house” (they were building the temple in Jerusalem) with glory and peace. “‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ declares the Lord of hosts,” says verse 8. I have vivid memories of my dad panning for gold on the American River. He would swirl the water and sand around for a while, wash off the sand, and there at the bottom would be all the specks of shiny gold. My dad would tell you many more details (like he’d enthusiastically explain the “gold that’s like glass” in Revelation being the purest gold because impurities are what give it its yellow color) but the point is that our kingdom will be left when all the worthless junk gets shaken away.
My kingdom statement with which I’ll replace my worries today is WE RECEIVE A KINGDOM WHICH CANNOT BE SHAKEN. Will that be yours, too?
*New American Standard Bible verses used in the book version of this devotional with permission from The Lockman Foundation.