April 12th, 2013


The Day of Christ: looking forward to it?

I've seen a bumper sticker that says, "Come the rapture, we'll have the earth to ourselves." This is nothing new. The people of old said the same thing to Jeremiah: "Indeed they say to me, 'Where is the word of the Lord? Let it come now!'" (Jeremiah 17:15) But the prophets warn us:

"Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord!
For what good is the day of the Lord to you?
It will be darkness, and not light.
It will be as though a man fled from a lion,
And a bear met him!
Or as though he went into the house,
Leaned his hand on the wall,
And a serpent bit him!
Is not the day of the Lord darkness, and not light?
Is it not very dark, with no brightness in it?"
Amos 5:18-20

As Jesus said, "A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light." John 12:35-36 "Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, 'I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.'" John 8:12
holy walk, sandals

Where is your God?

"My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually say to me, 'Where is your God?'" Psalm 42:3
"As with a breaking of my bones, my enemies reproach me, while they say to me all day long, 'Where is your God?'" Psalm 42:10

"Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name; and deliver us, and provide atonement for our sins, for Your name's sake! Why should the nations say, 'Where is their God?'" Psalm 79:9-10

"I will see His righteousness. Then she who is my enemy will see, and shame will cover her who said to me, 'Where is the Lord your God?'
   My eyes will see her;
      now she will be trampled down
         like mud in the streets." Micah 7:9-10


"I found trouble and sorrow ... I was brought low, and He saved me." Psalm 116:3,6

I've been wrestling with the complexity of life. It's hard! Today my counselor shared a number of passages with me: Philippians 1:19-26, James 1:2-4, and Psalm 116. I've also been encouraged by the examples of the prophets who waited for God even during a period of national judgment. Micah laments that all the people are wicked and he determines that he "will wait for the God of my salvation" (Micah 7:7) even though he knows that God's wrath is coming. Micah humbly says, "I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against Him, until He pleads my case and executes justice for me. He will bring me forth to the light; I will see His righteousness." (Micah 7:9) Habakkuk wrestles in many of the same ways. He cries out "violence!" because of the wickedness around him and also sets himself to wait for the Lord, saying, "I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble when he comes...Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation." (Habakkuk 3:16,18)

"For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:

   'For yet a little while,
      and He who is coming will come
         and will not tarry.
                Now the just shall live by faith;
                But if anyone draws back, my soul has no pleasure in him.'"
Hebrews 10:36-38, Habakkuk 2:3-4