II Thessalonians 2:8
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. NIV
I’m coming near to the end of the listings of the word, “worry,” in The Message. There, this verse reads, “But the time will come when the Anarchist will no longer be held back, but will be let loose. But don’t worry. The Master Jesus will be right on his heels and blow him away. The Master appears and—puff!—the Anarchist is out of there.” MSG
This is prophecy of the end times, and it speaks, I believe to the coming of the Anti-Christ.
It is so interesting to me that Paul’s letter speaks to the church at Thessalonica as if the Anti-Christ may arrive in their lifetime. And yet, here we are thousands of years later and we’re still waiting.
I think that every generation must believe at some point that they will be the last … but, it is not for us to know. We are to be aware of the future, but, to focus on the present.
I heard a PhD Psychology student interviewed on the radio yesterday. I didn’t hear the whole story, but, the gentleman was speaking about a project that he’s working on to measure mind wandering. I need to go back and download the whole story from NPR. In any case, what the researcher was learning was that there was a link between happiness and the degree to which study participants were allowing their mind to wander from their current task. Interestingly, I believe he said that there was a negative correlation between mind wandering and happiness … the more people allowed their mind to wander from the present, the less happy they were.
I also thought I heard him say that it appeared from the study results that mind wandering was the cause of unhappiness … not the other way around.
Clearly, I didn’t focus enough on this story to comment further (perhaps my mind was wandering) but, I did find it interesting as it compares to what I’m learning.
Staying in the present is absolutely the key … it is here, in the present where I can make a difference for God. It is here that His work needs to be done. It is here that His people are suffering and need encouragement. It is HERE that I can trust God moment-by-moment.
That’s what I’ll think about today.