Something BIG

We can sense God is doing something.  It's not only that we've read Scripture or seen the various things said by men and women who have spoken out.  It's isn't only the onslaught of news and financial prognosticators either.  It's that we can sense fundamentally in our spirits that God is doing something BIG.

We can feel it.

We can see it in changes in our households or families.

There's a rumble in the Spirit--an anticipatory rumbling that urges us to cross every 't' and dot every 'i' in terms of obedience to what we know God has spoken to us.

So just what is coming?

Life has taught me that with God things are never quite what we expect.  When He answers prayer to sort out difficult situations in our lives He does so in ways that are best for everyone involved. He weaves solutions that create a harmonious whole from a variety of elements that appear, to the human eye,  to be at odds with one another.  Often we are left slack-jawed in amazement. I have found myself so many times marvelling at His awe-inspiring ability to create perfect solutions that take into account things we could never know about others or the entirety of circumstances.

Now when I am waiting to see the answer to prayer I find myself saying things that sound more like a kid waiting for a special gift -- "I wonder what amazing solution God is going to come up with for this situation?!" 

So in this time when there are so many markers indicating that we as individuals, and the world as a whole,  are on the cusp of something BIG I find myself at times trying to understand what it will be and then I stop myself because there's just no way my mind is big enough or my creativity elastic enough to ever even begin to anticipate how the Lord will do something.

I think the most significant example of that surely has to be His Son, Jesus Christ.  Everyone was expecting the Messiah but no one was expecting Him to come the way He did.  In the minds of the people the Messiah was supposed to be a conquering hero who would subdue the Romans and free His people.  Well, Jesus was The Conquering Hero and He did free people, without a doubt, but not in the way the they anticipated at all. 

So it is with the times we're in presently.  We expect God to act in a particular way because we're trying to fit Him into our own ridiculously limited understanding.  God is GOD and desperately trying to find out the details of how and when He is going to act tomorrow or next week is fruitless.  Just doing what He has indicated for today is enough and trusting Him to take us along the correct path for our lives really is the walk of faith.

Having said all that, which I truly believe, I am also of the opinion that He is presenting us with a preview of what's to come in Psalm 50:  

Psalm 50 
A Psalm of Asaph

The Lord, the Mighty One, is God, and he has spoken; he has summoned all humanity from where the sun rises to where it sets.
From Mount Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines in glorious radiance. Our God approaches, and he is not silent.  Fire devours everything in his way, and a great storm rages around him.
He calls on the heavens above and earth below to witness the judgment of his people.  "Bring my faithful people to me—  those who made a covenant with me by giving sacrifices."  Then let the heavens proclaim his justice, for God himself will be the judge.   

"O my people, listen as I speak.  Here are my charges against you, O Israel:
I am God, your God!  I have no complaint about your sacrifices or the burnt offerings you constantly offer. ut I do not need the bulls from your barns
or the goats from your pens.  For all the animals of the forest are mine,
and I own the cattle on a thousand hills.  I know every bird on the mountains,
and all the animals of the field are mine.  If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
for all the world is mine and everything in it.
Do I eat the meat of bulls?
Do I drink the blood of goats?

What I want instead is your true thanks to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High.  Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory."

But God says to the wicked:  "Why bother reciting my decrees and pretending to obey my covenant?  For you refuse my discipline and treat my words like trash.  When you see thieves, you approve of them, and you spend your time with adulterers.  Your mouth is filled with wickedness, and your tongue is full of lies.  You sit around and slander your brother— your own mother's son.  While you did all this, I remained silent, and you thought I didn't care.  But now I will rebuke you, listing all my charges against you.  Repent, all of you who forget me, or I will tear you apart, and no one will help you. 

But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honours me.
  If you keep to my path,
  I will reveal to you the salvation of God."

May the Lord bless you and keep you,