A Shock Before Great Blessing (Morning)


Joel 3:16-20


Joel 3:16 The LORD also will roar from Zion, And utter His voice from Jerusalem; The heavens and earth will shake; But the LORD will be a shelter for His people, And the strength of the children of Israel.

Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a small village was hit badly with severe drought and famine. Their food supplies dwindled and rationing was strict to ensure their rate of survival. In their desperate time, their only enjoyment was their village hall doubled as the chapel. Before they started their work and before ending their day they always gather there and pray and worship the merciful LORD to give them instructions or advice or at least share their own experience, therefore, ease their already massive predicaments. One day, without anybody noticing, an earthquake struck this tiny village. They could feel it despite it was already midnight. Many houses were damaged, including their little chapel. Fortunately, no one’s harmed. Now, their only place of joy and peace was in ruin.

Understandably, the next morning, they were gathered to clean the rubbles from the chapel or salvage anything that could be reused. The villagers were just told by their elders that the chapel had been there even before their village was established, so it was quite old. Below the altar, they found something unfamiliar: a chain and a knob. They cut the chain and they found a secret passage below the altar. It leads to something they could never imagine: a pile of gemstones, precious gemstones, and a chest full of gold coins. A treasure indeed. With all the treasure they found, they could rebuild the chapel, renovated their houses, bought seeds and water. This village’s fate was changed because of an ‘unfortunate’ earthquake.

Throughout this year, some of us may experience their world was shaken, flipped upside down. In the beginning, our church received the Year of Glory, but throughout this year, no glory at all. Some of you may lose their jobs. Some may lose their loved ones. But at all cost put it faithfully inside your heart: He had a plan. God always has a plan. He, the all-seeing God, who could discern far into the future, knows everything that our mortal minds failed to comprehend. While He is busy shaking our lives and turning them upside down, He throws away any impurities, like a farmer chaffing rice. Believe in Him, 2020 is near its end though but it’s still 2020, the Year of Glory, and His words and promises could still take effect right before the twelfth rings of New year’s Eve bell.


When the SHAKE occurs, it’s NOT COMING TO HARM US, but to BRING GRACE into our lives.


1. Throughout this year, can you feel your life was shaken or turned upside down? How did you deal with it?
2. Why it is important to believe that God doesn’t want to harm your life when He shakes it?
3. What are your commitments to keep your faith when He turns your life upside down?


“Father, I do believe that You are all-merciful and gracious God, my wellbeing is Your priority and You will never put me into danger. You do to me until recently, it’s because You want me to be a better person, to prepare myself to receive Your blessings and gifts. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.”


1 Kings 16-18
Luke 22:47-71