Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Trump of God


“God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet” (Psalm 47:5).
How that rings true: God rouses us day by day from our sleep. Human life is captivated by desire – by drunkenness and carousing, by gluttony and by anger. Our spirits are always willing but the flesh is too weak to catch on.
The world drunk on madness of pleasure will never be aware of God. And in our ignorance, God sounds the thunderous trumpet, rousing us suddenly from deep slumber.
Jesus warns: “For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear” (Mark 4:22-23), and as Luke adds, “there is nothing buried that will not be uncovered” (12:2). 

Paul says that God will descend with “the trump of God” and with the “voice of the archangel” (1st Thessalonians 4:16). Can you imagine, in your “peace and safety” and in your drunkenness in the night, sudden destruction overtakes you like the onset of labour pains (1st Thess. 5:3)? The thought alone is scary. When John Lennon sings “Instant karma is coming to get you,” it feels very much like that!
No hidden action escapes God; he only winks at them for the time being (Acts 17:30).
If we have ears of faith we can, in our repentant heart, recognize the trumpet call and turn away from the Desire of the world. We are given just one chance and one opportunity, “the days are short,” and the more we waste our time and energies the more too late it’s going to become!
Jesus comes as a “thief in the night;” will he find faith resonant in you?

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