A Firm Foundation of Gratitude
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. Hebrews 12:28
Floods, earthquakes, fires, and droughts. These natural disasters remind us that we live in a fragile, unpredictable world full of grief and sorrow. Yet each time one of these devastating events occurs, its victims rise from the rubble and rebuild.
We humans are resilient.
But does that resiliency also prompt us to build our hope on the wrong foundation?
The writer of Hebrews reminded his readers that every created thing can be shaken loose from its foundations and destroyed. God allows these things to be shaken, the writer says, to showcase what cannot be shaken—the kingdom of God (12:25-28).
In the book of Hebrews, the phrase kingdom of God refers to “the exalted and perfect order of things which already exists in heaven, and into which true Christians are ushered immediately after death.” Revelation 22:1-6 describes this unshakable kingdom.
But the apostle Paul assures us that many of the blessings of our eternal inheritance are available now—including grace, forgiveness, and wisdom (Ephesians 1:3-10). He goes on to say that if we know God better, our hearts will be “enlightened”—we’ll appreciate more fully the “glorious inheritance” we possess and access the “great power” it affords us (1:17-21). That enlightenment will also help us value the eternal more than the temporal.
At this time of year, we often thank God for the many blessings He’s provided on earth—family, friends, health, income, housing—and we should. But these gifts are all shakable. They can be destroyed. And if they’re crushed, our storehouse of gratitude may also crumble. Far better to build a storehouse of gratitude on an unshakable foundation, such as God’s eternal kingdom and our everlasting inheritance.
Let’s join the writer of Hebrews in thanking God for the unshakable this week. Start with the gift of eternal life, made possible by Jesus’s death and resurrection. Nothing is more unshakable than that.
Read Haggai 2:1-9 and Hebrews 12:25-29. What connection do you see between the two passages? Why do you think God told Zerubbabel to “be strong … do not fear”? (Haggai 2:4-5). Would God say something similar to us? Why or why not?
Read Paul’s description of our eternal inheritance in Ephesians 1:3-21. Which of these blessings can we enjoy now? Which are still future?
Read 1 Peter 1:3-5. How does Peter describe our eternal inheritance? What does that inheritance guarantee according to verse 5?
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Denise K. Loock
This devotion is part of a four-week series on Gratitude.
 “G932 – basileia – Strong’s Greek Lexicon (NIV).” Blue Letter Bible. Accessed 28 Oct, 2017. https://www.blueletterbible.org//lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G932&t=NIV See “Read the full entry” under Thayer’s Greek Lexicon tab.