IMAGINE: A Loving God (Love Requires A Response)
Loving God Means Looking To The Future
Over the past several months I have reconnected to many of my classmates from high school through FaceBook…many whom I have not talked to since 1978. That is just a couple of years ago…we actually celebrated our 40th Graduation Anniversary this past September. As we have been sharing through FaceBook, it is amazing what things we remember from the “good ole days”.
I had some conversations about my little home church. It looks better than it did when I was growing up…but the attendance is much less. When I was there we had as many as 240 people – today they struggle to get 60.
Isn’t it funny how sometimes we just yearn for the past? We look back on those days with fondness remembering the good things and forgetting the bad. But when I stop and think about it, I have to remember some of those bad things I did or happened. I remember getting knocked out as I turned around from my locker. I remember the principle calling all of us to the gym to share the news that one of our classmates committed suicide. I remember some of the racial tension that I provoked by dating the African-American Homecoming Queen. I guess what I am saying is…I really don’t want to relieve my past after all.
I want to look to the future. Even though I don’t know that the future holds, I do know who hods the future, and I think I’d rather concentrate on that!!! You see, it isn’t what we’ve done in the past that counts. It is what God can do through us, both now and in the future, that matters. Although the times seem confusing and change comes faster than any of us likes, we must remember that through it all God is in control.
John the Apostle wrote: “Then I hear what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.’” (Revelation 19:6 NIV) Because God reigns, you and I can look to the future and know that whatever comes, he is in charge! I just want to do all I can to usher in God’s forever kingdom in a way that glorifies Him. Are you with me?
I IMAGINE my response to God today will be…