With the advent of the GPS, stopping for directions is nearly a thing of the past. But is that necessarily a good thing in all cases? I don’t think so. Neither it seems, does God’s Word.
The truth is, life is meant to be lived in direct relationship to God’s purpose and plan. We are supposed to be asking questions like: Where is all of this going? How will it end? What happens after death? And the good news is – there are answers! These are things God has told us about. Things He WANTS us to know about with certainty.
Prophets, those simply who declare God’s mind us – constantly remind us of God’s program. They don’t make it up on the fly either. They get it from God’s Word. So it is John can come near to the close of his own revelation and mention that “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Rev. 19:10) Everything that God is doing – all that is going on, has something to do with Jesus Christ – God’s eternal plan and purpose realized, unfolded and playing out in and through His person and work.
And it is in this context that lives get ordered well. Only in this context. Everything else is smoke and mirrors. When these cease to be realities, when we lose sight of what it means that we will all stand before the judgment bar of God and give an answer for the things done in these bodies – whether good or bad – when we fail to address sin and God’s remedy for it in Jesus Christ, and just let things be, we will cast off all restraint. Everything is up for grabs. Ethics and morals and justice are mere human conventions to be shaped and molded by the whim of the times.
Father, deliver us from lives that do not live with eternity in view. That neither strive after your promises, nor fear your judgments. Save us from the sucking vortex of the existential moment. Save us from ourselves.