Are you like me? I know God is present everywhere. But because I can’t see Him I slip into a numbness about His presence, forgetting that God has a face, His eyes are always on me and His ears hear my every word. The word presence means face or faces. So when I turn my thinking to that understanding, it changes me by correcting my faulty assumptions about God
He is not nebulous, ethereal or without substance. His presence, His face has spoken, and His words are more sure than the ground beneath my feet every day.
Recently I’ve been thinking about the words of Jesus, “Be on guard, keep awake … stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come …” (Mark 13:33, 35). Events in our world are making us all nervous, insecure, and even afraid. Many believe our days are leading more briskly to the return of Jesus, marking the end of this age.
It has been 2000 years since His departure in the clouds. It’s so easy to lapse into complacent thinking, to dismiss the return He promised as words we must have misunderstood. It’s alluringly simple to live as if this world that’s before our eyes is all there is.
Disciples through out the centuries have been watchful. God wants us to live with that expectancy for it keeps us from unbelief. Expectancy is faith in action.
Even though His return seems to be taking forever, His promised second coming will happen. I can be sure because “it is impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18). He told us it would be so, and we can count on Him to keep His word. Would I live differently if I really believed His return might be tomorrow? Would I pay closer attention to His Word and His purposes in these bewildering times of ours? Would you?
I do not want to be short-sighted, unmindful, or unwatchful. I long to live every day as if it might be the long-awaited day that will bring the call of the trumpet, which my ears are straining to hear. I want my mind to unswervingly remember He who sees and hears and records all is coming again.
Be expectant as He commanded. His return could be today!