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CLARITY – 6-18-19 That Which Cannot Be Shaken


A Biblical Response to Current Events -6-18-19

That Which Cannot Be Shaken

What’s Happening: “The southwestern province of China, Sichuan, was hit again. I say again because of the quakes of 2008 – 90,000 killed; and 1976 – 250,000 killed. This time the quake was only 6.0 on the Richter scale and 6 miles deep (the shallower the earthquake, the more the damage. 11 were killed and 122 injured, though aftershocks are still being reported ( The Associated Press reported: ‘The magnitude 6.0 earthquake collapsed a hotel in Changning county and damaged some roads, Xinhua said. Heavy rains were falling Tuesday morning.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So, another earthquake kills 11. Big deal! I mean, I don’t want to be callous, but does that really matter to me?”

Biblical Response:  “Apparently not. Unfortunately, your sentiment is common. When poet John Donne penned the lines: ‘No man is an island…I am a part of Mankind…’ (Meditation XVII – 1572); he was obviously not speaking for you…then you didn’t lose a loved one, your house was not a pile of rubble. For many of us, we are myopic…if a problem doesn’t directly affect us…well, we just aren’t too concerned. Not jaded, exactly, but we have enough problems of our own, right? Maybe that’s why we have problems of our own.

The Lord is often trying to get our attention…if not through the calamity of others…then our own. He shakes our lives often to rid us of the junk…so ‘that which cannot be shaken’ may remain (Heb. 12:27).”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in God getting people’s attention. And we believe in commiserating with those whose attention He has gotten (Rom. 12:15).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, awaken in us the empathy and compassion You have demonstrated to us and help us to comfort the afflicted…and listen to Your voice, regardless if it’s others’ afflictions or our own; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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