Today’s Reading: Acts 24:1-27 (additional reading: Psalm 4:1-8 & Proverbs 18:16-18)
Have you ever had an experience that has left you a bit shaken? Losing a loved one? Been involved in or seen a terrible accident? When someone close to us has been diagnosed with a life threatening illness? — all of these experiences can shake us up.
How about when God’s word shakes us up? He will use His word to speak to us directly, Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. God’s word always has a purpose and as a result we are left shaken (conviction).
Many times in the Bible God uses these “Shaking Experiences” to get peoples attention and as a result lives were changed. The Apostle Paul’s life was changed after he was shaken up on the road to Damascus, and as a result was saved.
The Philippian jailer was left shaken after the jailhouse was rocked by an earthquake, through this shaking the jailer believed and was saved. Like Paul’s experience, this was a good shaking.
However, not all the shaking experiences in the Bible led to salvation for example, Felix the judge, was shaken, not saved?
Felix did not deny Gods word or outwardly reject it. All he did was put the decision off until later. Why did he put it off? No reason is given in the text. This is a bad move. This is like flying an airplane and being confronted with a warning light and then switching off the warning light and ignoring the problem, or when the oil light comes on in the car.