Anticipating the Joy of God's Revelation Today
Joseph B. Baity
Given 08-Feb-20; Sermon #1528s; 16 minutes
Joe Baity, reflecting on the lyrics of Carly Simon's song "Anticipation," in which a woman wonders whether the present moment of joy will last into the future or turn into disillusionment, draws a spiritual parallel to an interval all God's called-out ones experience. That is the interval between our calling, the sanctification process, and our future in God's Kingdom. We dare not experience ennui at the fellowship we share with God's people; we dare not become impatient as we endure the problems of this world. We find ourselves in our current circumstances because of the will of God, enduring a life fraught with trials. The apostles Paul and Peter experienced a plethora of trials, often persecuted. Yet, the revelation of Christ enabled them to express sincere and profound joy during trials. Similarly, we as called-out first fruits, having God's revelation, enjoy the privilege of getting to know Him now (Deuteronomy 29:29, Amos 3:7). To know God is to experience eternal life (John 15:15; 17:13). We do not need to wait for the World Tomorrow to know God. We must overcome our doubts and fears, learning to find joy in each other (our Lord and our spiritual siblings) today, realizing that our good old days are taking place right now.