Daily Devotion

On Shaky Ground
 
"The sinners in Zion are terrified; trembling grips the godless: "Who of us can dwell with the consuming fire? Who of us can dwell with everlasting burning?"  Isaiah 33:4
 
Good afternoon! 
 
What happens to buildings with cracked foundations?  What happens to buildings made of poor materials during an earthquake?  What happens to unstable shacks during a tsunami?  They all fall down like the little kid's song.  Nothing built on a foundation of poor faith, a relationship without love, a person without God's guidance…it all will fail.  That's no threat, a guarantee.  The Israelites were not redeemed until they acknowledged that without God they were nothing.  It's like Jesus says here in Matthew 15:14 "Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit."  Its like the blind leading the blind, it will fall.
 
"Then panic struck the whole army–those in the camp and field, and those in the outposts and raiding parties–and the ground shook. It was a panic sent by God."  1 Samuel 14:15
 
In Acts 16:26 when Paul and Silas were in jail, God caused an earthquake to come and shake loose the doors of the prison.  They were jailed for preaching the Gospel to the Romans.  But because jailing them was not what God wanted, was not in God's will for them, He caused the weak foundations to be broken and them to be set free.  The jailer came and fell at their feet, asking them what he needed to do to be saved in Acts 16:30.  After the jailer cared for them, and he and his whole family were saved, Paul and Silas were freed the next morning to continue doing God's work. 
 
So if there is anything you value in your life not rooted and grounded in God–faith in His word, walking in His love, and spreading the Good News, rest assured it will crumble.
 
"Listen to me and make up your minds to honor my name," says the LORD of Heaven's Armies, "or I will bring a terrible curse against you. I will curse even the blessings you receive. Indeed, I have already cursed them, because you have not taken my warning to heart."  Malachi 2:2
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