September 5th

Triumph or Tribulation

But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase. Daniel 12:4

Have you ever thought about how incredible the days are in which we live? Truly, the world has never seen anything like what we now see every single day.

But God saw this day coming long before it came and He spoke of it to His prophet Daniel, sharing with him the words of our verse today. Certainly, this is a verse that points to our days. It is a verse for us, for now, for today.

I think you would have to agree with me that people are, in fact, running to and fro. I mean, that's about the best language Daniel could give to it, because he never could have comprehended or explained how people would ever travel faster than a horse could carry them. But now we are travelling all over the country, even all over the world. We think nothing of just hopping on a plane and twenty-some hours later, we get off on the complete other side of the world.

And certainly knowledge is increasing. We call this the information age, and Daniel didn't even give it that name. Especially with the internet, there is so much information available for us to learn, we are learning at a pace now that has never before even been possible.

The opportunities aren't lacking. There's information galore. Knowledge and wisdom and understanding are at all time high availability. But be careful now, because in the midst of all this that we know and can do and all the luxuries of this life, we wouldn't want to miss the most important thing.

In all that running to and fro, zip, zip, zipping around, especially in this busy season, people think they're too busy for church. And so many are saying, Oh, I think I know all I need to know. I don't need to listen to God's Word.

Really? Because I thought the goal was being conformed to the image of Christ, making sure our names are written in the Book of Life, living not for here, but for eternity. If we haven't arrived to that standard yet, then we still need church, and we still need to learn.

Don't get too busy for Jesus. Don't get too smart for His Word. Keep making time for Him, and keep listening to His voice.

Prayer Lord Jesus,

Thank You that You saw this day and age coming long before it arrived. Now that it's here, now that I'm living in this time, please help me to keep my eyes on You, remembering to make time for You and to keep learning from Your Word!


Horizon Church