25 Be sure that you don’t say no to the One who speaks. People did not escape when they said no to the One who warned them on earth. And what if we turn away from the One who warns us from heaven? How much less will we escape! 26 At that time his voice shook the earth. But now he has promised, “Once more I will shake the earth. I will also shake the heavens.” (Haggai 2:6) 27 The words “once more” point out that what can be shaken can be taken away. I’m talking about created things. Then what can’t be shaken will remain. 28 We are receiving a kingdom that can’t be shaken. So let us be thankful. Then we can worship God in a way that pleases him. We will worship him with deep respect and wonder. 29 Our “God is like a fire that burns everything up.” (Deuteronomy 4:24)
The writer of Hebrews is comparing early times when God spoke through prophets to His people and now through the Holy Spirit. He also points out that if we don’t listen, so much more will happen. Then the earth shook at the sound of His voice, if we don’t heed His message not only will the earth shake but everything created will shake.
We must be very aware of where we stand with God, His kingdom is the one thing that will not be shaken and we who are part of the Kingdom can stand on firm foundations, with grateful hearts. Our worship must be acceptable and reverent for God is worthy of our utmost at all times.
Lord help us to be mindful of who You are and we thank you for loving us enough to send your Son, Jesus Christ to die for our sins and then rise again. Thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to us to be our comforter and friend.
Written by Joan Bennett