Tuesday, August 10, 2010

"New Things"

"Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation" (II Timothy 3:3-4).

Our spiritual enemies deny Divine intervention and the change wrought when God transcends the cause and effect that governs the natural creation. "All things continue as they were," they sneer, "true change is not possible."

Born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ do not believe this. We rather see the hand and heart of God continually effecting differences between yesterday and today. The interventions and subsequent change may be subtle, and only known to the eye of faith. But we "see" them, and perhaps more importantly, we expect them. Believers are people of hope, hope in the active involvement of the God who "worketh all things after the counsel of His own will (Ephesians 1:11). "All things do not continue as they were" - this we affirm in the context of "the new and living way" of the Lord Jesus (Hebrews 10:20). Thereby we live with expectant hearts, countering any and every notion that mere cause and effect governs the universe.

What will God do today in His ongoing purpose of glorifying His Son, and conforming us to His image? We don't know in this moment, and at the end of the day, we still may not have the slightest clue regarding the specific doings of the One whose active and dynamic involvement sustains our very existence (Hebrews 1:3). Of this, however, we can be sure: "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work" (John 5:17). The Lord Jesus uttered these words of vibrant hope, and the truth continues in this moment and forevermore. Change is possible, and as we trust and submit to God, His new and living way will continually transform both ourselves and our lives for His glory.

"Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them."
(Isaiah 42:9)

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