Just a Little Bit Longer
They shouted to the Lord and said, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you judge the people who belong to this world and avenge our blood for what they have done to us?” - (Revelation 6:10)
In Revelation 6, we read about those who were put to death for their faith. They are in heaven, aware of the injustice, aware of the fact there were fellow servants still on earth being mistreated. So they prayed this prayer to the Father: .“O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you judge the people who belong to this world and avenge our blood for what they have done to us?” (verse 10). In other words, Hey, Lord, this isn’t right. When are You going to correct it?
Here was God’s response to their prayers:
Then a white robe was given to each of them. And they were told to rest a little longer until the full number of their brothers and sisters—their fellow servants of Jesus who were to be martyred—had joined them. (verse 11)
God’s timing is not always our timing. The Bible says that “He has made everything beautiful in His time” (see Ecclesiastes 3:11).
It kind of reminds me of taking a trip with small children in the car. You are cruising along, an hour into the trip.
“When are we going to get there?” they ask.
What do you say? “We are almost there. A little bit longer.”
The martyred tribulation saints were asking when they would be avenged. And God was saying, Just a little bit longer.
We say, “Lord, when are You going to come?” He says, Just a little bit longer. “When is judgment going to come?” Just a little bit longer. “When is my prayer going to be answered?” Just a little bit longer. Hang on now. I am in control. I am doing everything according to My perfect will.
Know this: God’s delays are not necessarily His denials. So keep praying.
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