Day 16 – Prepared!

2020 VISION | Day 16 | Prepared!

“This is what the Lord Almighty says: 

‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens 

and the earth, the sea and the dry land. 

I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations 

will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ 

says the Lord Almighty”

(Haggai 2:6-7, NIV).

In 1994, Los Angeles experienced a 6.7 magnitude earthquake resulting in 57 deaths and over 8,700 injuries. It did nearly 40 billion dollars in damage and was the worst earthquake in California’s history. It not only changed the lives of countless people, it forever changed the physical landscape of California, and that’s true of any earthquake. God wants to shake our nation for a great revival. He says in verse 7 that “I will shake all nations … and I will  ll this house with glory.” He is telling the Israelites through Haggai that a revival is coming, but for that to happen, there will be some shaking up and it may be uncomfortable. And just like an earthquake, there will be destruction, but He will rebuild stronger. There will be loss, but we will lose those things that hold us back. There will be pain, but pain leads to healing. And, He’s going to do it all just to make room for His glory in us. If you’re like me, you tend to focus on the downside of earthquakes. But if we take a minute to focus on what God wants to do through the shaking – to make room in our lives for His glory – I think we, much like the Israelites, would be more motivated to prepare for the shaking.

Prayer: Father, shake out of me what you don’t want so that I have more room for your presence in my life. When it hurts, comfort me. Help me remember the difference between a temporary hurt and real harm. In You, I will never know harm. When I don’t like it, help me persevere. Help me see that it’s for more of your glory in me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!