Thursday, August 20, 2009

A vision that shall elicit obedient faith

2 Then the LORD answered me and said:
Write the vision And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.
4 “ Behold the proud,
His soul is not upright in him;
But the just shall live by his faith. (Habakkuk 2:2-4)

Faith has to be lived to be true faith. As James said, "Faith without works is dead." Paul said, "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." The vision here referred to, is a vision defined by the Word of God, not a man-centred one.

God has spoken and men have written down the heavenly vision in the pages of the Bible It is a plain vision that simply requires obedient assent; God has commanded such and such, therefore I must order my life according to that which God has commanded.

2:14 For the earth will be filled
With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD,
As the waters cover the sea.

This is the confidence that we are to have; a glorious vision that we are moving towards; a day when the whole earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord; when nation after nation obediently embraces the commandments of Jesus, and justice and righteousness truly prevails over sin.

3:2 O LORD, I have heard Your speech and was afraid;
O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years!
In the midst of the years make it known;
In wrath remember mercy.

Judgement will begin at the house of God, as God cleanses the lands, their people, and cleanses the New Testament temple in the midst of the nations. Yet God shall have mercy upon those who sigh and cry concerning the sins of the nations. In the midst of the judgements of God, we are to rehearse the vision, and take comfort in the knowledge that:

3:17 Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labour of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—
18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
19 The LORD God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.


Steve from the Alice said...

Sign me up, brother!


Steve from the Alice said...

Lincoln said this after Gettysburg:

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate...we can not consecrate...we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government: of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

How far the United States has fallen from this magnificent statement of a flawed Union, flawed in that the Declaration of Independence itself was a declaration of the autonomy of man, even though references were made to God.

Having said this, my heart stirs to think that even today we can affirm of the Kingdom of God that one day it will be...that this world is under God, and shall have a new birth of true freedom, in Christ, and that government shall be upon His shoulders, and will be for God and by God and shall not perish from the earth.

Bridge said...

Now I understand that you are a true Patriot, of the Kingdom of God, not of a humanistic state.

God bless you man! God bless you!