by Donald Marsden, Frontier Fellowship Associate Director
The world is waiting to hear God speak. The biblical writers who lived before the reality of jet planes and instantaneous internet communication understood there were vast areas of the world that had not heard the voice of God. Isaiah wrote, “The coastlands wait for His teaching” (Isaiah 42:4). And the psalmist who wrote, “O God of our salvation; You are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas” (Psalm 65:5), perceived that although many peoples have never heard the Word of God, they wait for it with anticipation.
Modern technology and transportation truncate our sense of time and space. In a world connected by the internet, everyone and everything can feel close by. We connect with others online by video or messaging, and if we want to be there in person, we can get on a plane today and arrive at a destination halfway across the world tomorrow.
While the distances between remote peoples of the world can be bridged by technology and air travel, we cannot span the infinite distance between God and fallen humanity. It’s not geography alone that keeps people from hearing the Word of God. Spiritual strongholds, cultural deceptions, repressive governments and crippling addictions hold people in bondage and contribute to blocking their access to God.
During Advent, we thank God that Jesus has come to us and promises to come again. In Jesus, God has spoken His final, definitive Word to the world. He has reached across the infinite divide and come very close to us. Let’s praise Him and pray for His coming to all peoples.
Follow along with our daily devotional series for the Advent season.