Monday, June 24, 2019

Time isn't Forever

We live in an ever increasingly impatient world.  Too busy for social pleasantries. Too busy for courtesy.  Too busy to pay attention to the road before us. What is being missed is life.

Having lived outside of my hometown for now going on 19 years, I look back and can see both great changes and great strides.  Some good, some not so good and some bad.

When we first moved here driver's terrified the mess out of me. Now, I see people taking risks with vehicles that are innately stupid.  Yet my heartbeat doesn't even flinch at what I see. 

Impatience.  Irreverence.  Lack of any form of moral responsibility or integrity.
People rushing and if asked, they don't know why.  Oh they have to go here, they have to be there.  If their kids aren't here on time then this happens.  If I am late then that happens.  Never mind the fact that they left the house late. So they push it on the interstate. 

Zero patience.  People driving 10 to 20 mph above the speed limit.  Police looking the other way it seems...since they aren't out ticketing people. 

What comes from this is a lack of mercy. People getting frustrated or raging at others.  I admit there's times when their behavior affects me.  I always try to leave early enough to be early.  But I do this among people who are not.

The drive to be ahead of others.  Running red lights.  Pushes people to do what's sort of obvious.  They aren't thinking.  Which I believe is the grand tactic of Satan.  Keep people from thinking or having the time to consider things and then they won't know what hit them.
An interesting notion considering most so-called magic is slight of hand.  Moving quickly before your brain registers what has just happened.  Exactly Satan's motive.  He knows if people who are believers or could be believers had time to think or consider the truth, they wouldn't be the same.

No mercy, no integrity. Not showing love for one another. Not showing kindness. Impatience.  All sounds familiar doesn't it? Well if you have ever read the Bible you might have run across it.  This society in which we live is no accident.  It's intentional.  It's happening on purpose.
Why? To accomplish 2 things. One is what drove Jesus to ask "When the Son of Man returns will He find the faith?"  The other is a very apt and exact description of our society right before Jesus does return.

2 Timothy 3:2-4 " For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, 
disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,"

Time is running out on all of those in this world.  Time to live as Christ intended for those who believe. Time to choose life in Christ for those who haven't yet. 

Time is running out.  I am one looking forward to Christ's return.  My heart and soul say it's soon. What's interesting to me is how much I am backing away from the busyness of life in a big city. I don't care for it anymore. Not for sports or science fiction.  Not for even building things of wood. My joy comes from time with Jesus.  My joy is seeing things He teaches me. My joy is that soon I will be with Him.  We have seen these posts if "Could you spend a month in this cabin without the internet or a cell phone?" Yes I can.  The faster the world goes the slower I want to be. As George Strait wrote in a song "I saw God today."  Will you see Him today? That's a twofold question. 

If you are not being called out of this world yet. Look for Jesus.  He's here. Right now. He wants back into your life if you're one of those too busy people.  If you're undecided about Salvation, He's waiting at the door of your heart. 

Let go of the busyness of the moment and find the true friend that has been waiting patiently for time with you. 

Don't be worked up about who is or isn't doing this or that. Remember the story of Mary and Martha. Those who stop to take in time with Jesus will not have that taken away. There are no real problems, only opportunities to see Jesus at work.  It's something that I am learning. In our own strength, frustration mounts. It brings forth anger. It brings forth the worst in us. For Children of God it's not our fight.  In our own strength we will fail. Without God, you will fail.  The victory that overcomes the world is found only in Christ. 

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