“There’s A Whole Lot of Shakin’ Goin’ On!”
I borrowed my title from a Jerry Lee Lewis, hit from the 50s, describing the latest dance craze. But, in:
Psalm 29:8, “The voice of the Lord shakes the desert; the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.“
The Lord’s voice is shaking up the Kadesh Desert. A couple of other translations use the words, “trembles,” or “quakes.” Sounds like an earthquake to me, doesn’t it to you?
While I’ve been pondering these devotional entries, I’ve noticed that these words used are ones we’re so familiar with i.e. the weather. Earthquakes, cyclones, hurricanes, or tornadoes- show evidence of God’s power and majesty. Just as He can create one of these situations, he can stop them in an instant.
The most obvious illustration is Jesus calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee,
Luke 8:22-25 “One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
Those waves were known to whip up a frenzy in no time. All Jesus had to do was to command them to be still. Consequently, the disciples were not only shaken up by the wind and waves, but Jesus’ response to them was ”Who is He that the wind and the waves obey Him?” they mused. Are we asleep in the boat of our spiritual ferver? Do we need a crisis to wake us up to what God wants us to do?
Let God “shake up” the lethargy in our lives, so that His Word might be proclaimed, and His Truth made known to all the world.
Lord, forgive us for our spiritual lethargy when it comes to obeying You in our lives. Help us in the things we can’t control. Call us to action, and help us not to be afraid, like those disciples were in the boat. Calm the storms in our lives. We forget that You’re right there with us. Thank You for being there when we need You-and that’s all the time! We love You. In Your Precious Name, we pray. Amen!