I thought this was a very intriguing video recently posted via NASA by Walter Bright on his blogsite “Where Are You . . . Where Are You Going?”
As I was watching, all these metaphors and descriptions of the sun started coming to mind: awe-inspiring, life-giving, light-giving, powerful, radiant so on and so on.
Then a scripture came to mind:
Revelation 21: 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light. 24 The nations will walk in its light . . .
A time when there will be “no need of sun or moon”? I know it doesn’t expressly say that the sun and moon will be done away with (and that is SO not the point), but even if that were so, I find it both comforting and fascinating that the descriptions can remain for He who “illuminates the city” and the One who “is its light”.
Awe-inspiring, Life-giving, Light-giving, Powerful, Radiant . . .
As Walter himself said in his post, “This video captivated my imagination about Jesus, his splendor and radiance. Hope it lights up your soul as well. For truly the sun declares the glory of the King.”
I was in one of those odd dream-states the other morning where it’s too early to wake up yet you’re not really falling back to sleep. I call it Four-in-the-morning. I began thinking about the future—a semi-regular occurrence during these early morning fits of restlessness.
A picture came to mind of standing in an open field, like a desert, and the future being this huge, billowing, undulating dust storm off in the distance. You know; one of those endlessly high and wide, ominous walls, writhing and churning, hiding everything behind it in thick darkness. To be honest, was the odd sensation that my first instinct was to run towards it; to become engulfed and see what was in it, and what lies beyond, so restless have I been about the future.
But on second thought I held fast. I hadn’t even taken time to look around at where I was, at what may be laying right here in my immediate surroundings. Besides, like any typical dust storm, it would make its way to me eventually. Why rush it? The future will inevitably come. Continue reading Riding Out The Dust Storm of a Future
Psalm 10:2 The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor.
Let them be caught in the evil they plan for others.
3 For they brag about their evil desires;
they praise the greedy and curse the Lord.
4 The wicked are too proud to seek God.
They seem to think that God is dead.
5 Yet they succeed in everything they do.
They do not see your punishment awaiting them . . . .
17 Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless.
Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.
18 You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed,
so mere people can no longer terrify them. (NLT)
“Mere people”, I like that. What can “mere people” really do to us . . . eternally speaking? Oh granted, there’s a lot they can do here in the world; and probably get away with it too. Yet this is no different than what David was speaking of within the Psalm.
The more things change, the more they stay the same, hmm?
Do the actions of “mere people” terrify you? Yeah, me too at times. But, take heed . . .
Luke 12: 4 “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him . . . . 8 “I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God. 9 But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God. (NIV)
Psalm 11: 3 The foundations of law and order have collapsed.
What can the righteous do?”
4 But the Lord is in his holy Temple;
the Lord still rules from heaven.
He watches everyone closely,
examining every person on earth. (NLT)
For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. (Romans 8:19)
My wife and I have remarked to one another on several occasions how we’ll probably be very surprised on the day we reach heaven, on who we see there and who we don’t. A lot of “very nice people” we fear are going to be very disappointed people. And those who we’ve made snap decisions of their personalities, their contributions, their status or their very salvation will astonish us by their presence. Astonish us, but not them. Astonish us, but not God.
As C.S. Lewis writes, “What can you ever really know of other people’s souls–of their temptations, their opportunities, their struggles? One soul in the whole creation you do know, and it is the only one who’s fate is placed in your hands.”
For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. (Matthew 7:2)