2:5 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. 7 Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born?
Atheism is on the rise. It's understandable. We live at a point in history when God seems silent. These times have come before. They don't come because God withdraws from us. They come because we withdraw from Him. In the days when God raised up the prophet Samuel to speak for Him the Bible describes the era as nearly devoid of any connection with God. It isn't hard to see why. The priests were morally corrupt and spiritually dead. The people refused to submit to God and then blamed Him when things went wrong. Worst of all they had become convinced that the solution to all their problems was to appoint a human king to replace the King of kings.
In our day too many pastors and priests are morally corrupt and spiritually dead. Too many people refuse to submit to God yet blame Him for everything that goes wrong. We have decided that science and technology are our new saviours and every election that rolls around we act as though putting the right person in Ottawa or the White House will magically turn everything around.
Clearly none of it is working and the further we move from Love the further away He seems yet God never moved.
It reminds me of a woman who asked her husband as they drove along in his pickup (with a bench seat) why they never snuggled as they drove anymore. They used to sit close together but now he was on one side and she was on the other. His response was hard to disagree with: "I am still in the same place..."
One author describes the era when Jesus was on earth as the darkest hour of human history for God's people. Marriage was a colossal failure. Racism and prejudice were at an all time high. The temple was large and beautiful but the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob seemed a million miles away. It was so bad that when Jesus came - God in human flesh - they perceived Him as a threat and an enemy and murdered Him.
Yet even at this dark hour there were devout men and women spread all over the world who still believed in the God of Abraham and still faithfully came to Jerusalem for all the special occasions God had given His people to celebrate there. They held onto the hope that things would not always be so dark. Their hope was not disappointed. On this feast of Pentecost their God who had seemed so silent and distant suddenly made Himself known in a way that grabbed the attention of both the speakers and the audience.
Mark my words. If you hold onto Him in this current darkness your hope will not be disappointed. Slide back across that bench seat and stay with He who is in the driver’s seat. The journey will end well. It will end at Home.