This quote is a prophecy first given by the prophet Habakkuk to the nation of Israel, predicting that they were going to be carried off into exile by the Babylonians. It is quoted later by Paul preaching to Jews in the synagogue, announcing the gospel of Jesus Christ had come, and the fact that this good news was now going to be given freely to the Gentiles.
In other words, Paul picked up this prophecy and applied it to his own day. I believe we can apply it to our day as well.
Do you not believe that God is doing something in our own day? Can this not apply to us today — to any day, for that matter? Does God do something only on certain days, or is He always doing something?
God is doing something in our own day. We just started offering prayer for those who request it, and already prayers are being answered. There is a general way in which this is always true, because we know that God is always acting into our world.
God is in your life today. He has things He wants to do. His ability to do them is contingent upon our desire to cooperate with Him. He doesn’t force His way on us; it’s more like a partnership. He wants our participation. It’s not that He can’t work without us — of course He can, He is God — but He chooses to work with us. He desires our participation and our fellowship. We were created for this. So a big part of working with God each day is finding out what He wants to do. Find out what He is doing and get there.
One of the ways we do this is to get really familiar with God’s word. The word of God trains us in better knowing God’s heart. The closer we get to God’s heart, the easier it will be to determine what He wants. God is doing something in your day, today. Don’t you want to find out what it is and be a part of it?
But I believe there is also a specific way in which this is also true that may not necessarily be true every day. Marti and I have spent the last two days seeking to discover what God might be getting ready to do in our day. Forty years ago, we were a part of a fresh movement of the Holy Spirit among young people both inside and outside the church. Is He getting ready to do something like that again on a broad scale? We believe He is, and we are positioning the Catch to be a part of it. When He does, we’ll be ready.
“People get ready, there’s a train a comin’…”