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Thursday, July 28, 2005

"shaking the church!"

Earlier this week I walked in to our home after returning from work and the family were all gathered in the front lounge and looking rather pale faced. Our long time friend Jan (now retired - a former nurse) was sitting in the room aswell. As I looked around I realised that Matthew our youngest was stretched out on the sofa with a towel and ice pack on his head....

..."Okay so what happened" I asked?

Karen looked at me and relayed the saga of how Jacob, Matthew's next older brother threw a rock into our tree in the back garden, the rock however didn't feel the need to stay in the tree and fell back out with the sharp edge landing on the front crown of his Matthew's head - well; springs of living blood gushed from his hair and every member of the family responded differently the instant after the accident:

  • Alexander the eldest boy(9) ran around in a panick.
  • Jacob, who threw the rock looked on with disbelief at what had happened to his little bro' by his own hands.
  • Esther, she screamed!
  • Charis and Sarah our two older daugthers ran straight for towels and ice and placed them squarely on Matt's head...stemming the blood flow..

NB* Matthew was fine - but as a family the whole event lasting just minutes had shaken them all quite a lot.

Hebrews 12:26-29 "At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens." The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our "God is a consuming fire." "

God at this moment in history is shaking His church only to be left with that which cannot be shaken. God carries out this shaking process by presenting His church and individuals with problems. These problems are not designed to cause His people to fall from grace but to get to grips with the things in their lives which need to be sorted out and the things that need to be changed in the church structures that they build. We need to understand that everything is shakeable except for God and God wants us to understand that we can only put our confidence in Him.

God wants to be left with mature, fruitful, righteous and effective servants who will not fall appart or let Him down when He needs them. He also is looking for churches that will be left with the right structure and programmes that will enable His will to be done and not hinder it.

Luke 18:7-8 "And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"


Blogger J. A. Gillmartin said...

Hope Matthew is okay. Tell the big brother that he's not the only one who has ever hurt a sibling. I returned my sister's dart with a beautiful lofted arch that ended in her thigh. I then walked over and pulled it out while she screamed at the top of her lungs, "Mmmmoooommmm!!!!"

She finally forgave me last year after 56 years. Ha!

We have six children and it was always a circus of laughter and tears. What a blessing!


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