Blog Archive - March 2009
The archives of The Sun Will Rise, organized by month.
I don’t often write here on the signs of the times (not because I don't want to, but that's a subject for another day) but it’s been very interesting to watch how the media has been covering every single aspect of the world’s troubled economy recently. I’ve read articles on how it compares to the times of the Great Depression in the US in the early 20th century. I’ve also read practical articles on how to live off of $10 per day, and some humorous ones including how to make a prom suit out of duct tape.
It does not take any prophetic anointing to discern that that these times are putting a “strain” on the western consumer lifestyle. But it does take a heart that is “watching” (Mark 13; 1 Thessalonians 5) to see that it’s the Lord’s doing to shake us from our lethargy and to prepare us for Christ’s return. John Piper recently articulated this very well in several points that I’ll just summarize here, and then just point you to the actual sermon for you to read:
God has several reasons for today’s economic troubles:
- He intends for this recession to expose hidden sin and so bring us to repentance and cleansing.
- He intends to wake us up to the constant and desperate condition of the developing world where there is always and only recession of the worst kind.
- He intends to relocate the roots of our joy in his grace rather than in our goods, in his mercy rather than our money, in his worth rather than our wealth.
- He intends to advance his saving mission in the world—the spread of the gospel and the growth of his church—precisely at a time when human resources are least able to support it. This is how he guards his glory.
- He intends for the church to care for its hurting members and to grow in the gift of love.
But did you know that the Bible prophesies a drastic turnaround of today’s economic recession at some future time?
I came across this amazing quote from Thomas Dubay's book "Happy Are You Poor" and wanted to share it with you all.
“Plain honesty requires that we assert that the New Testament teaches an unblushing and uncompromising asceticism [simplicity], a hard road and narrow gate, a carrying of the cross every day, a renouncing of all that one possesses, a being rid of superfluities, and a dying with the Lord (Matthew 7:13-14; Luke 9:23; Luke 14:33; 1 Timothy 6:7-8; Romans 6:3-5). But it also teaches a rich, abundant human living, a complete and intense joy beyond understanding, a joy no one can take away, a rejoicing in the Lord always, a tasting of the very goodness of uncreated Beauty (John 10:10; John 15:11; John 16:22; 1 Peter 1:8; 1 Peter 2:3; Philippians 4:4).
It’s so easy to read the scriptures become overly familiar with them – so much so that we end up floating on the surface of the waters and never plunging into the depths of them. That’s been my recent experience with John 4 when Jesus speaks to the Samaritan woman by Jacob’s well. Jesus asks the woman for a drink from the well, and the woman responds with shock because Jews never have dealings with Samaritans in the way they were interacting at that point. Jesus responds in such a stunning way:
Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” (John 4:10 NKJV)
This entire verse is loaded with bread for the hungry, but I want to highlight the latter part of the verse. Jesus is saying “if you knew what God was really like, and you knew who I was – God in the flesh – you would be filled with absolute confidence and boldness in asking Me to give you a drink.”
Yesterday we were all rudely awakened to several inches of heavy, wet snow. Above is just a shot of my back yard. I was assuming the forecasters were just being pessimistic by saying we'd be getting 3 inches. But when everything stopped yesterday around 4pm, we had close to 5 inches on the ground.