“Probably the greatest form of evangelism that is going on at the moment is the shaking of the nations. What is shakable is being shaken so that the unshakeable might appear. God is preparing the world for the revelation of His kingdom in a way that many cannot discern.
“But what about your own personal life? Is that being shaken? What kind of experiences have you had recently? Have you seen, as Isaiah did, your hopes and expectations put in a coffin? Then take heart—all this could be the prelude to a new vision of God.
“God has often to empty the throne of our hearts before He fills it with Himself. You may yet say: ‘In the year that all my hopes and expectations came crashing down, I saw the Lord.’
“You may say, ‘Who asked for a new vision?’ I believe when we sincerely ask the Lord to make us more like Him, we are asking for a new vision. When we feel the pain of the world with the Lord’s heart, we see the Lord Himself afresh. What would this world and its sufferings be without the presence of the Lord Himself?
“… Good news! You understand God’s heart more today than you did yesterday. I am praying that God will enlarge your heart to be able to hold all the bitter/sweet wisdom that comes with that.
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- Selwyn Hughes (27 April 1928 – 9 January 2006) was a Welsh Christian minister best known for writing the daily devotional Every Day with Jesus.
- This quote is more than 20 years old. I cannot find the source. A friend recommended Selwyn Hughes to me a long time ago. She said others have called him an English version of Chuck Swindoll.
- The shaking of the nations comes from Haggai 2:7 (ESV): “And I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord of hosts.”
- The photo of a vehicle exploding from a tank attack, is by Jeff Kingma on Unsplash