Daily Reflections

The Point of Troubles

March 14, 2021 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken . . . in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. —Hebrews 12:27

Our hearts are attached to this earth until troubles come and shake us up. When that happens, our hearts get detached from this earth and more attached to God. That’s part of the point of troubles.

God knows that if we didn’t have troubles we would put our tent stakes down really deep here on earth. We would just want to stay here forever. But this isn’t what God intends! He wants our hearts to be moving toward heaven. And He does this through trouble. He makes mountains move, waters churn, and storms rage so that we realize we can’t put our trust in anything other than Him.

If you’re going through a time when everything that’s seemed dependable has given way—when the “earth gives way” and “the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea” (Psalm 46:2)— take comfort in knowing that although all things seem to be shaken, one thing is not. God alone is secure.

Make it Personal

How have any troubles you’ve experienced allowed your heart to become more attached to God and heaven?