My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Friday, December 30, 2011
How Quickly Things Change
“And the kings of the earth, who committed acts of immorality and lived sensuously with her, will weep and lament over her when they see the smoke of her burning,
(Revelation 18:9 NASB)
standing at a distance because of the fear of her torment, saying,
‘Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in one hour
your judgment has come.’
(Revelation 18:10 NASB)
In Revelation we find reference to Babylon, the great city. I'm
sure we can all imagine similar great cities around the world; New York,
Moscow, London, Hong Kong, Dubai, Mexico City, Paris, etc. All of
these represent dependency on human success. These are cities which
have been built by human hands and often at a great price. Yet,
somewhat like the Tower of Babel, we see them as symbols of "our"
success. Babylon represents for us a center where we have placed all of
our trust in what humanity can accomplish without the help of God.
Here it mentions that in one short hour Babylon has been destroyed and
those who had sold their souls to her are overcome with grief. They
can't imagine their lives without the things that she has to offer them.
She has given them shadows in which to hide their evil deeds. She has
housed the prostitutes, the drug dealers, the sex trade, the corrupt
officials, and the greedy. We are also told that she has devoured the
prophets -- those who tried to come to her city and preach the Good
News. She killed them, thinking that she could stamp out their message.
But now she lies in ruins. How quickly things change!
Having lived in Moscow for 13 years during a period of rapid
transformation it felt like watching Babylon come to life. Once people
had a taste of money they were never satisfied. Every man wanted to
live just like the Czars had lived. The result was a crazy atmosphere
in which those building businesses had to have "protection." Women were
sold by the hundreds out on the streets with policemen turning a blind
eye once their pockets had been filled. How often did I hear, "well,
they have to feed their family too, don't they?"
And yet -- how quickly can things change? All of these things which
the world has to offer really truly are temporary. Last years'
earthquake in Japan changed that country in just a few hours. The
lesson here is that Babylon WILL fall. The things of this earth WILL
pass away. If that is true, where is our hope? Are we able to
disentangle ourselves enough to be "in this world, but not of it?" As
God's children we are not citizens of Babylon, but of His Kingdom. Only
through a daily walk with Him are we able to navigate our way through
Babylon and stay faithful. Then, when things change, the city may
disappear, but we will be left holding the hand of God Almighty who will
continue to lead us onward.
Lord, take my hand and continue to lead me onward. Amen.