11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.[c] All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
1 Corinthians 13:11-12 (NLT)
As I woke this morning to see the election results, or lack of election results, I could not help but to realize that we are now living out a basic tenet of our faith in real time! Of course, I could not help but have this passion to share this thought with you, so I thought, “what the heck! I’ll write a bonus “Just for You!””
Fundamentally as Lutheran Christians, we believe that God has taken all the actions necessary to bring God’s Divine reign fully into our lives. In other words, we believe that God has already completed everything, created the world, redeemed the world, and will fully establish God’s reign among us. It is this basic tenet of our faith that leads all to respond in worship; Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!
My favorite seminary professor used to express God’s actions this way; “It’s already completed… but not yet fully revealed.” Yes, my friends, think about it, God has already delivered us all… but this fact is not yet fully revealed as it will be for eternity.
This is exactly what my dear friend, St. Paul, is writing about in 1st Corinthians. The translation above is taken from the New Living Translation edition of the Bible. “Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.”
Hmmm… have you figured out how on this the first day after election day, you and I are getting to be affirmed in our faith by what is occurring right now in the world around us? Think about it, the votes have already been cast to determine who the next president of the United States will be in January of 2021. Short of foul play there is nothing that anyone should be able to do to change the votes that have been cast. So, the outcome of the election has already been determined… yet the election is not yet determined.
Welcome to Already… Not yet!
It is the time between everything being complete and the time that the completion can fully be viewed.
Our lives are spent in this “in between” kind of time. Therefore, we read Holy Scripture. Therefore, we actively engage in our community of faith. Therefore, we band together as sisters and brothers in Christ supporting, encouraging, and affirming each other in faith!
Life in this “in between” time can be filled with struggles, trials, anxiety, but it can also have moments of great clarity. True and significant love demonstrated by those who surround us. The truth of God’s Word displayed in our world. God understands both the joy of coming to know the truth that God is our true strength and refuge, and God understands the anxiety of not having this information fully revealed in the world in which we live.
So as we all anxiously await the official results of the latest US presidential election remember that God, Who created the very world and cosmos in which our mortal bodies reside; and God Who calls us each by name and loves us unconditionally, has already taken all the steps necessary to redeem the world back to Godself and is ultimately the One and Only God Who controls our destiny. In the meantime, remember this wonderful proverb.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek God’s will in all you do, and the Lord will show you which path to take.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
So, until next time,
Keep trusting God, keep washing your hands, and be at peace my sisters and brothers!