Something from Karl Barth’s theology that has had a profound effect upon me, is his idea of Revelation, and how it is event, and event in an ongoing and always already present way. I am not, in this post, trying to engage in heavy theology, per se; but instead, I am just going to be reflecting on the impact that this kind of (what I think is Biblical) conception of God’s Revelation has in real life.
To be very honest, we live a very unsettled life (and I mean my family). We have been faced with major trials and tribulations for years and years. Whether that be prolonged periods of unemployment, underemployment; whether that be health issues; whether that be vocational issues (in the sense that I am working jobs that are not family-friendly relative to provision and/or scheduling issues); and a host of other unnamed things that are ongoing.
So often I think we as Christians live in a state of waiting—and this is a definite aspect of the Christian life, i.e. waiting on the LORD—as if we are waiting for life to happen; as if we are waiting for all of our aspirations to be met; as if. And this kind of mode of being can be absolutized in a way that begins to stultify what is happening presently. This posture can have an adverse affect upon is, as if we are simply waiting for Jesus to come again and fix all of our problems; indeed, I am definitely waiting and excited about this reality—when we will walk by sight no longer just by faith (II Corinthians 5.7). But what is often lost in this posture, is the stark reality that life is happening to us now. As Christians, where we are at right now God has providentially ordered in a such a way that this is life. We aren’t just waiting for something to happen, it is happening. We aren’t just waiting for Jesus to come again, He is coming again every second of every day in our daily lives and circumstances. His future is breaking into His present in our lives on a daily basis, such that the hope that we look forward to is something that is shaping our daily lives and present reality; and thus, ideally, charging it with the hope and redemption that we look forward to fully realizing at His second coming.
Anyway, I just wanted to offer this reflection; even as incoherent and docile as it might be.