Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Our Time...Our Day
"Behold I make all things new." Rev. 21:5
Here we stand, at the end of Time and at the beginning of Time.
Christmas and the New Year speak of an ending and a beginning...one stage of time is dying and another is coming to birth.
We try not to gaze too intently at the past and its failures,
and we try to believe in a better future.
There is a past and a future...
but there are also two spheres - an exterior and an interior.
We must see beyond the realm of our experiences and our mental convictions.
My father was told by several people that he would live to see the day of God´s great outpouring of revival on the earth.
I think they were right but not in the way that they understood.
What my father lived to see was not a new dawn of revival but rather the beginning of the night which precedes the day.
God´s work of creation was accomplished in six days, but each day commenced with a night.
¨The evening and the morning were the...day¨ says Genesis.
Throughout the Bible it is always so...the day starts with darkness, and after the darkness comes the light.
We want the light without the darkness...the birth without the gestation process...the joy without the pain - but God has His own ways and they are immutable.
All our insistence...against all the evidence...that we are in a world-wide revival does not change the sad reality.
The night is upon us, the nations are descending into thicker darkness.
¨Gross darkness¨surrounds us and yet the promise is for the Light of God´s glory to His own. Is 60:1,2
Our need this year is interior, a deliverance from our past understanding...a vision and an understanding of what God sets before us.
It is not so much a leaving of the past as it is a finding of the newness.
Let us not seek ¨things¨ but God Himself...¨and live¨. Amos 5:4
Only God Himself can bring it to pass.
¨Oh...turn...Thyself ...to us...again.¨ Ps. 60:1