Expecting the Expected
This is no ordinary time. We're not just waiting to step into the narrative of a new calendar year. We are expecting Jesus Christ, the Son of God, our omnipotent King.
I don't know about you, but I reached a point this past year when I realized there are just too many signs of the times to keep track of. We're living in a time of signs, and I've had to examine how I use my own time and ask what it really means to be watching and waiting for the Lord Jesus Christ.
While it's important to stay informed of what's happening around us, it can be very challenging to keep our minds clear and our thoughts pleasing to God if we ingest too much of the world.
The abundance of content being produced by well-intentioned prophecy watchers has increased exponentially in the last few years, tempting us to be swept up with speculative theories and building excitement around world events while sometimes neglecting what God's Word has to say.
And then there's the unprecedented advance of technology. Most of us use the internet to keep up with end times news and happenings, sometimes forgetting that it's actually a web, designed to ensnare us. As it becomes more automated it's also being set up to personally integrate with us, assisting us with tasks and decision-making, controlling and changing our thoughts, minds, hearts, even trying to reset who we are. It's not difficult to see how wickedness is about to multiply as it was in the days of Noah - "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." Genesis 6:5 KJV
This is a critical hour. Will we let technology and worldly narrative distract us from our heavenly purpose? Are we being directed by algorithms or being led by the Holy Spirit? Is technology changing us or are we obeying the voice of God?
When we stop and really consider who we are expecting, we will want to run out and tell everyone about Him. Our desire will be to spend more time in His Word, communing with Him in prayer. And we will be reset with the joy of the Lord.
"I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God;
for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation,
he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments,
and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels."
Isaiah 61:10 KJV