Sin, Satan, culture, and even a well-meaning church have all challenged the biblical understanding of God as a tender Father, sovereign King, passionate Bridegroom, and jealous Judge. We’ve believed lies to one extent or another, which has caused us to approach prayer like we would approach a vending machine. Our quantity of prayer and zeal in prayer become two sides of the coin we insert into the vending machine called “God”.
The modern new year is an interesting phenomenon. Millions and millions across the world gather to celebrate the changing of a number. Calendars, mobile phones, and checks for the next 364 days will now prominently display a "2" at the end of the date. Somehow this man-made milestone gives permission to so many for a drunken revelry followed by new "resolutions" to change eating and workout habits, most of which have no real impetus and never see any real fulfillment.
However, Jesus is not reevaluating His life, His words, or His plan for the days ahead. With so much babble in and out of the body of Christ about 2012, we must not allow ourselves to become entangled in cords of confusion. Our hope as believers is that Jesus will return, raise the dead, and rule all of the nations in righteousness from Jerusalem. In light of this hope, the Bible constantly exhorts us to live soberly and expectantly, eagerly waiting for that great Day:
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