I sometimes muse over different human traits, characteristics, body-action responses, etc.
EXAMPLE: Tickling is a marvel. You cannot tickle yourself, yet someone else can cause the effect. Why, God? How about yawn-suggestion from one person to the next?
I have no answers for those two issues yet. Nor do I plan to spend much time on such mysteries.
Shaking is something different.
Random House Dictionary defines it this way (the first two of seven descriptions):
shake (shayk) v. <shook, shak-en, shak-ing> n.
1. to move with short, quick, vibratory
2. to tremble with emotion, cold, etc.
Our God promised (in Haggai) some serious shakings. It was reiterated in Hebrews:
6 “For thus says the LORD of hosts: “Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land;
7 ‘and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the LORD of hosts.
The writer of Hebrews (chapter 12) posting the Haggai prophecy (v 26) confirms that it had not yet happened at the time the book of Hebrews was being written. And reading carefully, you can see the Lord said “YET ONCE MORE” – so it has a set timeframe and period. It will be purposeful and notable – and there will indeed be a temple that will be filled with glory when our Lord steps through that Eastern Gate.
Haggai, and then the book of Hebrews, cites this future one-time season-of-shaking to describe God’s plan for end-times in-gathering. The Lord knows, more often than not, that folks are most inclined to come to Him when things are troubling – tribulating, if you will.
That is therefore the un-negotiable plan of heaven. Since He is not willing that any perish but that all will come to repentance, He will trouble this place to motivate the higher purpose – repentance and reconciliation.
Meanwhile, the saints are assured that in Him, and only in Him, we cannot be shaken by any outside source:
6 Surely he will never be shaken; the righteous will be in everlasting remembrance.
7 He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
The righteous – the ones who, by the grace of God, make daily and ongoing choice to do that which is right in the sight of God.
Following up in Hebrews, the writer finishes his confirmation of the Haggai prophecy by saying this:
27 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.
28 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.
29 For our God is a consuming fire.
So God will indeed shake things, so that what cannot be shaken might remain. It is the purpose of the Lord of Hosts – Adonai T’sva-oat. King of the Universe and Commander of the Armies of Heaven. That is His action-name, if you will. No wonder God titled Himself in that manner, in His revelation of that word to Haggai.
Meanwhile, we are invited to find our safe, unshakeable place in Him by digging deep into the inarguable truths of His Word.
Here’s the invitation to shake, daily, at what is worthy of our shaking. It is the divine ticket into His watchful-eye presence over you, no matter what the season:
1 Thus says the LORD: “Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest?
2 For all those things My hand has made, and all those things exist,” says the LORD. “But on this one will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.
Take the Word lightly and it becomes dangerous. It can cut. It can destroy. And it will.
Tremble at the Word of God, honor it.
Eat the whole scroll, and you are good to go.
All scriptures NKJV.