This is the Day

I started writing this last night but I couldn’t get anywhere with it.  It still may not make any sense today.

Today was supposed to be the  day the world ends or the world goes spinning off it’s axis or well, something really bad happens.  Something has been troubling me about this prophecy for some time.  Last night Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News said it for me.  It was already tomorrow in Australia and nothing happened to them.

That’s the thing about those ancient prophecies, the ones that predict natural events that mean the end of life as we know it.  They didn’t know enough.  They didn’t know the world was round.  They didn’t know about leap year.  They didn’t know the International Date Line.

Now here’s where I got into trouble last night.  We look at Bible prophecies and we assume that God is orchestrating events to make them happen.  We somehow subconsciously think God picked a date at the beginning of time and that’s when He will pull the plug and Jesus will return.  And since God has it all preplanned then everything is His doing.  Millions of Jews in WWII died in order to fulfill His plan.  Everything is His fault.

But maybe there’s a different view of this.  I think there’s a difference between God doing and God knowing.  God knows when He will send His Son back, when the end will come.  But maybe it’s not according to a set timetable that He established eons ago.  Maybe it has something to do with us.  There’s this thing about free will, you know.

God told Abraham to leave the Amorites alone because their iniquity was not yet full.  Maybe that’s it.  God is staying His hand because our iniquity is not yet full.

But we seem to be heading that way, don’t we?

 

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About Angus Lewis

My wife and I lived our whole lives in Arkansas until ten years ago. We moved to the Kansas City area in 2011 (a job change). That was the reason for the 'From a Far Country' title. Our children and grandchildren were in Arkansas. Six months ago we sold our house and bought one in Sherwood, Arkansas and my wife moved back down here. Two weeks ago I retired and moved back too. (I'm probably going to try to find something part time to keep me out of trouble.) So maybe the 'From a Far Country' title is not so much of a fit anymore. But I think I'll stick with it. I'm still not home. Not yet. The Bible says we are all strangers and pilgrims here. Our real home is with God and some day we'll be there. We'll be home.
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One Response to This is the Day

  1. Our iniquity, it often seems, is more than full; it’s overflowing. I wonder how God puts up with us.

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