Everyone has a historic scene that they’d like to revisit. Some of us have a strange expectation that somewhere in the great beyond, we will have access to the heavenly Tivo that allows us to rewind to a place in history at watch it. I don’t think this is true, but if it is, I’m headed for Acts 2…partially to see, hear and feel the outpouring of the Spirit in that day, but also to watch Simon Peter’s face and hear the inflection in his voice as he declares “This is that….”.
In launching into his sermon explaining the events of the day, he linked that day inextricably to the book of Joel. It was a theological game changer – recognizing the beginning of a prophetic fulfillment and calling it as such.
These days are that which were prophesied…heavy stuff, and you don’t say it lightly.
I grabbed a few minutes of quiet this morning in the upstairs hallway of the temporary housing we’re using while our house is getting worked on. My time was not long, but it rung my bell. I was reading Matthew 3 and tripped on the first three words:
In those days….
John the Baptist’s story has always been compelling to me, but particularly the sense of timing. In those days…. He began his prophetic initiative of preparing the way for the Messiah at a specific time that had been ordained by God. There is a powerful sense of waiting until….but not letting it slip by.
I also noticed that while this day is sovereignly chosen, there are verbs attached to John. He came. He preached. He said. All these things began in those days. The day was God’s but the action came through John.
Sitting there on the carpet, I leaned back against the wall and cried out to God. Which days are these? What have You written in the heavens for today? What word, what sensing, what impression am I supposed to have for today, about today….in these days.
“What days are these?” should be the formative question of everyone who seeks to be a prophetic voice in their own day.
Regrettably, we’ve relegated the idea of a prophetic edge to mean creative interpretation of the past or speculative vision of the future. We’ve confused the idea of the prophet with that of the fortune teller. The prophetic is not primarily about the past – a reading or listening person can tell you what happened. The prophetic is not only about the future – anyone can throw out predictions and demand that we wait for their occurrence. A true prophetic edge involves being able to ascertain what is happening now.
I’m crying out. God, speak to me about this day. Not our cultural trends, not our business reports, but Your purposes for people as those those two things converge in spacetime.
Every moment is unique and unrepeatable, full of risks, unique opportunities, pitfalls, rewards, and a word from heaven.
What is true about these days? And what are the action words that I am to embody?
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