Shaking It Off

“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 the desired of all nations will come,
and I will fill this house with glory.’”
          – Haggai 2:6-7
The pop singer Taylor Swift’s song “Shake It Off” has become quite a hit.  It is a song about how she deals with her critics:
The players gonna play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate
Heartbreakers gonna break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake
But I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake
Shake it off!
That’s not bad advice for God’s people.  There will always be critics; there will always be hatred and injustice; and there is not much we can do about it.  So, shake it off and go on doing what God has called us to do.But God’s response to those who hate him and do injustice in his world is different.  He doesn’t have to just ignore it – shake it off – he promises to make it right!  That’s what he said here in Haggai 2: he will shake things up in his universe; he will shake out everything that opposes him; and the only thing left intact after that judgment will be his glorious kingdom.But this is not just a warning of coming judgment.  This is a description of what God’s promised Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ — the One ‘desired of all nations’  — will do when he comes.  And we know that when Jesus came, he did not just come to shake-up and judge the world.  He came to save – to forgive, renew, and bring those alienated from God into his kingdom, before he returns to judge.

That’s why we who are in Christ, can endure the injustice, love our enemies, rise above the nastiness of the world – in short, shake it off.  For, he has made us citizens of the kingdom that cannot be shaken.  And, that gives us hope, even in the world’s darkest days.
~Pastor Albert Hitchcock