In preparing for our foundation we found a large pocket of clay that had to be removed.
After I dig out the clay – the lies, the misconceptions, the doubt, the ingratitude, the worry, the fear – I need to bring in new material, – reading God’s word, listening to godly people and God Himself. Then I need to plant it firmly in my soul.
The hole must be filled.
A strong foundation isn’t built over a void.
The fill had large rocks. Just left as they are they would make the foundation weak. the spaces would allow water to collect, potentially allowing frost heaving. It would also allow future settling when the weight of the building sits over the voids, even small ones.
The rocks could be removed, or they could be packed in tight. The fill must be compacted. Compacting takes water. Water, pressure, and shaking.
26 Whose voice was the cause of the shaking of the earth; but now he has made an oath, saying, There will be still one more shaking, not only of the earth, but of heaven. 27 And the words, Still one more, make it clear that there will be a taking away of those things which are shaking, as of things which are made, so that there may be only those things of which no shaking is possible. 28 If then, we have a kingdom which will never be moved, let us have grace, so that we may give God such worship as is pleasing to him with fear and respect: 29 For our God is an all-burning fire. Heb 12:26-29 BBE (emphasis mine)
To fill the void in my soul I also need water. Jesus my living water and the washing with His Word. I need the Word not just passing my ears, not just on Sunday morning or a few minutes in morning devotions.
Meditation is the work that firmly plants the word. Think on His word again and again. New revelation of the life in His word.
Each meditation pushes it deeper. the solids being pushed deeper, closer, firmer fills the voids.
Leaving holes, little voids in my soul allows me to settle.
A little complaining, a little impatience, a little questioning of God’s faithfulness or goodness. Each void can be filled with His word so I am less shaken. I know the shaking is grace, I choose to welcome it.
The shaking can be quite unpleasant when we forget who and what is shaking.
The shaking transforms something rough and useless into a prime place to build. What grace!
When we remember God does the shaking, that we have been given an unshakable Kingdom, that’s exciting!
The shaking is grace.
We are given grace through the shaking.
We give grace through the shaking as we praise and worship our God of grace.
Are you becoming firmer in God through the shaking or falling apart?