For I will give the command, and I will shake the people of Israel among the nations as grain is shaken in a sieve, and not a pebble will reach the ground. Amos 9:9
Shaking something up moves things around and changes everything. Sometimes it is done to mix things up, as in cooking, to get the flavor throughout the product. Other times it can be a shaking to remove loose and dead things.
Some businesses will go through a shaking in order to bring new life to them. For some people it will wake them up and get them going, while for others it will knock them out of the picture.
God warns the people that there will be a shaking going on in Israel. This shaking would be to scatter the people among the nations. The shaking would occur because of their sin and refusal to follow Him.
God is still in the business of shaking people and nations. His desire is for everyone to follow and obey Him. However many have chosen to not obey Him or even follow Him at all. Sin is chosen over serving God. And the church has fallen for this type of living.
The use of natural disasters and sicknesses are some ways God is able to shake people. He is shaking the church and nations to wake them up or move them out. Depending upon how a person takes the shaking, it can either stir them back to life with God, or destroy them and remove them.
Every believer who wants to serve God will be woke up as God shakes them. It will cause them to live more for God than ever before. Those who are lukewarm in their walk with God will roll over and stay asleep, dying in their sins rather than repenting and living for Him.
During this time of crisis around the world, God is doing a shaking. He may be allowing this shaking in your life to get your attention placed back upon Him and not the things of this world.
Do not allow yourself to live in fear or in the ways of this world, but to turn to God and His ways. Wake up and be the witness God has called you to be in this dark and dying world of sin. Move out of sin and into His righteousness and holiness, otherwise God will shake you out of His house.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be alive to God; that you will be His witness in this world; that God will fill you with His life; and that God will give you strength to turn from all sin.