Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Ever have those days when something just makes you want to scream "ENOUGH"? A fiesty, stubborn toddler, or a colleague admitting unethical behavior, or yet another news story of a perverse and distorted crime, or too much holiday spirit.
Our minister tells a story of a similar moment. A seminary student, after reading this passage, asks his professor. "What is it that He shouts?" The professor pauses a moment to consider and comes back with this one word: Enough. His shout to a world gone horribly awry; a world of suffering, catastrophe, and brutality; a world of greed, unrestrained selfish lust, and pride: "ENOUGH!"
Of course, we don't know exactly what the shout will be, but given the state of affairs these days, this hypothesis seems largely plausible. I mentioned last week that God doesn't always appear when or how we think He should. There were those at the time of Christ's birth who did not believe in His arrival as the Messiah because He did not come as a King and Victor, He arrived as a destitute child and continued a life of poverty throughout His ministry.
His second-coming will be different, and this is the hope we have. This world is not how He intended. He will return to bring it back to peace. As we enter another year, we have this hope. May we have done "enough" to bring some relief to a world tossed about - done "enough" to bring this hope where it might be needed most. Apathy is just as provocative to Him as the atrocity of His world undone.