The Gales of November (2007)November 10, 2007
Job 5:7 “Yet man is born into trouble as the sparks fly upward.”
I Peter 1:20-21 “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”
When we truly begin to think eternally; that is making the Lord Jesus first in every aspect of our lives and having our affections on things of evrasting value, the mundane happenings of this life simply don’t hold the significance that they once did. For example, today is my 43rd birthday; an event that causes reflection for most. As a kid, we can hardly wait to grow up, but when we reach middle age, it causes a reflection. A reflection on past victories, a reflection on past missteps, and a subtle reminder from the theater of atoms that “time marches on.” A prayerful pondering of how to move ahead and a renewed determination to not allow large swaths of time to pass by unproductively. In the natural realm, yes, but more importantly in the spiritual realm.
The year was 1964 and it had it’s share of notable events. It was the first year following the assasination of John F. Kennedy and the country would soon enter a period of incredible scientific achievement coupled with unprecidented social uphieval. Some of the tranpirations in that year include:
( 1 ) The U.S. Surgeon General warns against the dangers or cirarette smoking. (Really?)
( 2 ) The Chinese sucessfully test their first atomic bomb.
( 3 ) Nelson Mandela is imprisoned for opposing apartheid.
( 4 ) Zambia and Malta gain their independance from the United Kingdom.
( 5 ) The Beatles arrive in the U.S.
( 6 ) The first Ford Mustang is produced. (Morgan still wants a Mustang. Last year at Christmas, we bought her a little Hot Wheels Mustang as a joke.)
Past reflections can be enlightening, but should never be dwelled upon. Yesterday is just that. Yesterday. It cannot be changed; only learned from and, when necessary, repented of. Dwelling on the past; entering into a wishful state of nostalgia, or allowing past failures to continue wrecking havoc can be very counterproductive as we strive to occupy until Jesus returns. I’ve known people who become depressed on their birthday as youth gives way to experience and that which is impossible to hold onto passes into history.
“Entire book of Ecclesiastes” (I couldn’t decide on one verse)
As we look ahead to the future, we see through a glass darkly, however, from a prophetic standpoint, things are quickly coming to pass. We’re seeing an emergance of a global governing entity, a gradual enslavement to the population into a cashless electronic monitary system, and a citizenry that continues to go about as though nothing will ever change. Obsessed by the events of this present world, most will be blindsided when the changes currently underway, become impossible to ignore. We see a systematic acceptance of new-age style thinking and a drawing to spiritualality that is not of God. We see a population being primed to bow down to an image and receive a mark of submission. Without a doubt, the days are being shortened.
We see a church that’s suffering from widespread apostasy at the most critical hour. David Meyer phrased it like this: “The Almighty Saviour is continually bringing forth signs to a people, especially professing Christians, who are in such need of repentance. These are people who have been pickled in the brine of religion for so long that they cannot think for themselves.” I know that it sounds a little harsh; maybe a lot harsh. Yet I know of many who are disproportionately obsessed by the events of this world and not looking to Jesus in this season of preparation. It’s something that all of us must watch for. I have, in the past, fallen into just such a state and it resulted in a season of rebellion that lasted for several years.
Our hope is in Jesus. Our expectation is in his promise to be with us always; even unto the end of the world. Our peace is in knowing that we have an inheritance incorruptible in a world without ending with a Savior who willingly laid down his life to redeem us from everlasting death. Throughout the last few weeks, this has really been on my heart; this need for us to view things from an eternal perspective. To get rid of any weight and sin; regardless of how insignificant it may seem and run the race that is set before us. I don’t mean to “ride a hobby horse” (a favorite phrase of my pastor in Virginia) but the need for sobriety and having our lamps trimmed has never been greater.
I John 2:1-2 “My little children, these things I write unto you that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: For he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also the sins of the whole world.”
Anyone who grew up in the seventies will probably know that the title of this post actually comes from a song entitled “Wreck of the Edmund Firzgerald.” Performed by Gordon Lightfoot, it tells the story of how this ship went down in Lake Superior during a ferocious storm on this day in 1975. Today, in the spiritual realm, the gales of November are blowing with a ferocity that’s unprecidented. (Revelation 12:12) It’s imperative to be watching and not drifting off in these final moments of the age. The last radio transmission from the Edmund Fitzgerald, minutes before she disappeared from radar, was “We’re holding our own!” In these days, holding our own simply wont suffice. We must be in close to the Lord Jesus and trust him to carry us through.
Well, I’ll be going for now. Currently on the other blog, there’s a post about overcoming which fits into this theme as well. Here’s the post: www.timbob2.wordpress.com/2007/11/07/anthem-of-the-overcomers/ I’ll try to get caught up on commenting this weekend if I can. Until the next time, I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.
Romans 13:11 “And that knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we first believed.”