For some countries at least, the end of the coronavirus pandemic is in view and the restrictions that have so chafed us over the last year are beginning to be loosed. At last – we can get back to normal! The vaccines have saved us!
For a short time at least, we were shaken, and maybe started looking towards a security or reality greater than our own. But now, with the salvific power of the vaccine, we have an idol that will again comfort us, and allow us to go back to our slumber.
But it will not be that way. Events have begun that will culminate in the close of this age. The combined sins of the nations weigh down and require a response. Business as usual will not be on the menu.
Nevertheless, as I said here at the start of the year, it is not so important what will happen, or when, but where we individually and as communities are when it does. Because the next shaking is just on the horizon. We will be woken up one way or another.
When everything that can be shaken is, where will you be found? There is only one solid Rock, only one place that can never be shaken. This refuge is found in no earthly location. It can only be found in the abandonment of any worldly security, in order to reach out in faith to Him who is unseen.
To gain all, you must lose all. The only way to life is though the narrow gate, where all else is stripped away.
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the Lord surrounds his people
both now and forevermore.