“But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.”- 2 Corinthians 2:14
After the Roman army had won a great victory, they marched through the streets of Rome in triumphal procession, with captives in their train. In Chapter 13 of All In, Mark Batterson states that our triumphal procession begins at the foot of the cross. We are the captives, set free from sin and death. Yet even on the way of suffering, Jesus is leading us in triumphal procession.
Every triumphal procession, Pastor Batterson notes, has a point of origin. Moses’ life in the desert was rather mundane and monotonous until he had an epiphany. God appeared to him in a burning bush. The author reports that Jewish scholars used to debate why God revealed Himself to Moses in the middle of nowhere. Their consensus was that no place on earth is devoid of God’s presence, even a burning bush. A. W. Tozer reflects on the idea that God isn’t just Most High, God is Most Nigh:
“”God is above, but He’s not pushed up. He’s beneath, but He’s not pressed down. He’s outside, but He’s not excluded. He’s inside, but He’s not confined. God is above all things presiding, beneath all things sustaining, and inside of all things filling.”
Holy ground is wherever God is. As Pastor Batterson concludes, although we don’t know how or when God will show up, we can live in holy anticipation.
Today’s question: How can you be intentional in living with holy anticipation? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: the new Short Meditation, “Doubtstorms”