Time is very much a human concept. We are reminded that with "the Lord a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years a day" (Psalm 90:4). We may operate on Eastern Standard Time or Greenwich Mean Time, but God works on eternal time. Sooner or later, our earthly time will come to an end. But, God does not work according to human timetables.
First-century Christians are becoming disillusioned by the long wait for Christ's return, which would lead to a new heaven and a new earth. The delay has been so long that people are beginning to doubt whether it ever will come.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.