Wednesday, December 5, 2007
At the Right Time
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
—2 Peter 3:9
As we look at this world we are living in, as we look at the way our culture is going, we say, “Lord, come back. Return soon.” But God has His own schedule: He is not late, and He is not early. He will be right on time.
When Jesus came to earth the first time, it was according to God’s perfect plan: “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4–5). I love that. When the time was just right, at the appointed hour, Jesus Christ—the Son of God—fulfilled the prophecies of Scripture and was born in a stable in Bethlehem. And when the time is just right, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, will return to the earth.
Yet God has a plan He wants to accomplish in the interim. The Bible tells us, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). The Lord is waiting for those last people to come into His kingdom and put their faith in Him. Can you imagine if you knew the one person whom God was waiting for? Wouldn’t you be tempted to put a little pressure on that individual?
We need to remember that as Christians, our numbers are relatively small. But the task is immense. And the time is short.
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