Perhaps it may turn out a sang,
Perhaps turn out a sermon.

-- R. Burns Epistle to a Young Friend

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Drink Your Ovaltine

For the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets. – Amos 3:7

Back in Genesis when the Lord was about to destroy the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, the Lord revealed His plan to Abraham:  The LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do…?  This led to Abraham’s intercession for the city, chiefly on behalf of his nephew, Lot, and his family.  Abraham had earlier intervened on behalf of those cities of the plain when they were taken captive by Chedorlaomer, king of Elam and his allies.  That military expedition had been undertaken to rescue Lot as well. 

I have some nephews like that, one of whom is doing time in a federal lock-up.  He’s the reason I was never too interested in “Breaking Bad”.  I figure it’s a little too close to home.  He’s one of those guys you can’t help liking.  Lot was probably the same way.  They have “good hearts”; they just can’t stay out of trouble, especially when it involves easy living and easy money.  Unfortunately, as both my nephew and Abraham’s learned, easy living often leads to bondage, loss, devastation, and humiliation. 

The question, though, is what Amos is trying to tell us when he says that the Lord doesn’t do anything unless He tells His prophets?  Perhaps we could think of it as God limiting Himself to boundaries set by His revelation.  Through the Law of Moses God revealed Himself to His people, Israel, and worked mainly within the confines of the law.  The writing prophets began to speak of and describe a time when God would reveal Himself to man in a more extensive, personal way through the Messiah who was to come.  In the Incarnation, the Lord blew out the boundaries and revealed all that man could possibly comprehend of Him. 

If you want to know the secret -- the mystery, as Paul says, of what is going on and where history is headed, you want to study Christ.  What the Lord is doing now is revealed to us in Christ Jesus.  Where we are going, the goal, the Omega Point can be known in and through the Last Adam.

God has not abandoned us to find our own way to the end of history.  He is not on mute.  We sometimes get so caught up in the roundabouts of daily life that we forget there is a destination.  Time with the Lord helps us stop driving in circles and hit the right exit.  The direction we seek, the destiny for which we were put on this journey to begin with is right there in Christ.  

It is easy to get overwhelmed and end up lost and out of gas still far from our goal.  That, too, is the grace of God, a chance for Him to restore us and get us back on the right way.