For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
I am a big Tolkien fan. In The Hobbit, the Battle of Five Armies, part of the story revolves around Legolas and another elf going into the North where an ancient evil once ruled and was defeated. They travel north and reach the lands of the Mountains of Angmar, to Mount Gundabad. The land is dark and the abandoned towers loom over the scene . As a portent of what’s the come they find fire lighting up the towers, suggesting that what was gone is still there. They discover the evil that once lived there is in the middle of a rebirth, a resurgence, preparing for war.
The present world we live in is in some ways like living suspended in a very viscous fluid, static, where we wait for something BIG to happen. We know there are much, much deeper realities to our world. We wait for them to pop out one day. I use the story from The Hobbit as a parallel. We expect great things from God, or we should at least. He has given us his word that he will do amazing things, for us and for the world. I think deep down we know this. We know the world is in a depreciated state from where it should be. The beauty that was once Eden has been stuffed down out of reality, subjected to frustration. Like Legolas, we see around us the remains, the crash landing of something that was once great. We know that God is stirring up something deep down, he is preparing this world we live in for glory again.
On the other side of the coin, as a prophecy guy, the world we live in is like a raging sea. It is tumultuous. It is sinful and wicked. Somewhere out in the spiritual muck we expect to see a coagulation of wickedness, formed into a person who will, at God’s timing, rise and do horrific things with Satan. Again, we expect this to happen at some point because God has told us it will be so.
But so far, nothing has happened. We are living in the suspension, awaiting both glories that no mind has conceived before and terrors that have never been witnessed on the earth before.
The one thing we believe is that this world is not as we believe it to be. It is in a transition state. Going from a place of static destruction into a place of dynamic destruction and then brought forward into glory with the return of Jesus. Big things are going to happen.
Our lives and relationships in the family of God are literally just at the starting line. We haven’t even launched our boats out into the sea of love that awaits each of us in the family of God, few have tasted this in this side of Heaven. We know the Spirit’s love and embrace inside us, it will be transformative to say the least to actually stand before Jesus, barefoot with wide eyes full of joy and ecstasy. To have the veil of our physical world pulled away and look into his lovely eyes. And not just that, but to see each other for who we are, who we really are. 1 Corinthians 13:12
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
Real knowing. As John Eldredge likens knowing to the desire to be one with others, to know them intimately as they know us. To not be cast off or unknown, loneliness will be banished, as will isolation, those will be things that are of the former ways.Where knowing someone else means deep intimacy, knowing the deepest parts of who they are inside their heart. Our longing to be apart of what CS Lewis called the fallen version of The Inner Ring, to be known closely by others, will be pervasive in all aspects of our life in a holy way. Johnathan Edwards called Heaven a fountain of love. It’s going to be wonderful. We know these things are truths deep down within us, they just haven’t been occurred in completion in this world . And so we have to wait for the fullness of the joy to come; or as Paul said,
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
Here’s to waiting patiently, my friends. Both for us entering together into a fountain of love and also for what is to come upon the world, the evil and retribution before the dawn, when the Morning Star arises and he, Jesus sets his Kingdom up upon the earth.
I hope you have a beautiful and lovely Wednesday. I hope you remember throughout the different tasks of your day that you are living into a world of such great joy and love and glory, all because of Jesus, all worship to Jesus, everything surrounded and centered upon Jesus, our very Beloved, the desire of our hearts, and I hope that this joy just binds you up in his Spirit’s embrace and carries you through the day. God bless you so very much with his loving gaze and embrace and love and joy. I could just go on and on here 🙂