If You Had Just ONE Word to Describe 2020, what would it be?

I saw this question posted on Twitter by Lee Strobel and, having just finished the Book of Hebrews, that answer came easily to me—shakable.

Why? 

The Book of Hebrews, written to newly-converted Jews, goes into great detail of how Jesus was the final sacrifice once for all. The unknown author (scholars have not been able to precisely define who it might have been) knows a lot about the Jewish practices and sacrifices. He goes into how these things could never fully forgive sin, and that the Law only points to a forgiveness higher than that of continual sacrifice. We needed God to step into our reality and pay the price… because it is only God who can ultimately redeem the image of God (that’d be us).

But what struck me was the word “unshakable.”

“So since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us give thanks, and through this let us offer worship pleasing to God in devotion and awe.”

— Hebrews 12:28 (NET Bible)

The year 2020 was the year that everything was shaken. Our health was shaken, our confidence was shaken, our sense of control was shaken, our idols were shaken, our politics were shaken, our sense of justice was shaken… just about everything we can think of has been shaken.

Why?

It’s easy to answer that in the natural. It was a virulent virus and heated division. But as many believing Christians know, God allows bad things to happen because we have free will, and the world is not yet set to perfection. However, suffering is not in vain in the Kingdom of God because He does not waste anything. He uses all things for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purposes (Romans 8:28).

So, this Covid-19 pandemic has been used of God, in my opinion, to shake things up in order for us to stop and remember the things are that NOT shakable. 

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

— Hebrews 13:8

As I enter into the year 2021, I am going to remember the One who is NOT shakable, and continue to place my trust in the One who never changes. That is the solid rock (Matt. 7:24) I can stand on for this New Year, and I am blessed to be able to stand at all. I pray that you stand on the Rock that is unshakable, too.

What is one word that you would use to define 2020?

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