A lot of people quote this passage: that we will see things that are great and hidden that we cannot know but for the Spirit of God. But we forget this: Jeremiah was imprisoned as he was told this, in a city under seige, doomed to destruction.
It had been his duty to say that the city was evil, and would be destroyed, so he had been imprisoned for defeatism.
I’m not sure how to deal with that detail. I do not see a good eeconomic outcome for NZ right now. That is obvious to the financially astute. I also do not see a nation being built when coalitions of minorities remaining united. The party of minorities tends to break things apart.
Perhaps, in this fallen time, the obvious is being hidden from our rulers. Perhaps this version of our nation is going to go through hard times for something better: for God does not care about the economy. He cares about salvation.
33 The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still shut up in the court of the guard: 2 “Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it—the Lord is his name: 3 Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. 4 For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city and the houses of the kings of Judah that were torn down to make a defense against the siege mounds and against the sword: 5 They are coming in to fight against the Chaldeans and to fill them with the dead bodies of men whom I shall strike down in my anger and my wrath, for I have hidden my face from this city because of all their evil. 6 Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security. 7 I will restore the fortunes of Judah and the fortunes of Israel, and rebuild them as they were at first. 8 I will cleanse them from all the guilt of their sin against me, and I will forgive all the guilt of their sin and rebellion against me. 9 And this city shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and a glory before all the nations of the earth who shall hear of all the good that I do for them. They shall fear and tremble because of all the good and all the prosperity I provide for it.
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.
We have to accept that we are part of a fallen nation. We are no longer what we were. We have rejected God: beginning with the enlightenment there has been blood shed by the progressives, generation upon generation, in the hope they can immanetize Blake’s Jerusalem in England.
He was repelled by the mills and tenements. Compared with modern architecture, they are beautiful.
So many of us are surrounded in ugliness while enslaved to trinkets that give the illusion of wealth. But all of it is designed to first distract you and then enslave you. Suburban Australia was a prime example of that for me. When I came to Europe I was enthralled by the beauty, a beauty left over from more enlightened times when man actively sought a connection with God here on earth. Enough of that remains that it had such an effect on me, and still does today when I walk around the 500 year old streets of the small Dutch city where I live.
When I wander the cobbled streets of an old Dutch or Italian town, I feel a connection with the spirit of those times. With the pride that men took with what they made and in the communities that they built. This is the truth of the matter for me; it is part of what I need to be spiritually nourished. I suppose that what’s important is to begin the process of seeking out beauty in your life, in your surroundings and environment, and in the people with whom you surround yourself. The more that beauty becomes a part of your life then the closer you get to reaching the sublime. And then hopefully at a certain point you will find yourself in the moment when you choose.
Casa Kea was built in 1970, and our previous abode (Casa Weka) in 2010. I am not averse to modern archtecture. But it must be beautiful, well made, not shoddy. Kea is stripping the shoddy out of the house right now.
However, most of our modern things are that: shoddy.
When we reject the new and seek the old, there will be those who say that we are no longer with the programme. That is a good thing. Given the manner in which our eilte behave, we should never be like them.