The Right Time will be the Right Time

Posted on November 19, 2012

I have this funny attitude towards the Christmas season. On one hand I can’t wait for Christmas to get here, I love celebrating the birth of Jesus with the Christmas Eve service, watching the kids open their presents, being with family and eating lots of food. On the other hand, there’s a part of me that doesn’t want it to come to fast because I want to enjoy every moment of the season before it passes. In some ways I feel the same about the return of Jesus. Read the following passage from 2 Peter 3:

3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Peter reminds us that Jesus WILL come back. It may seem slow at times and there are those who don’t believe he ever will but did you notice Peter’s reasoning in verse. God is waiting to allow many more to be saved. This really resonates with me. There are days when I wish Jesus would return right away. (especially when the Visa bill is due) I long for that time when pain will be a thing of the past. When birth defects are just a memory, when aging no longer has an effect. And yet if Christ cam back today there are many who won’t make it to heaven. We endure because we want to see more people become part of the family of God. Paul wrestled with this same decision in Philippians chapter one. In verses 24 to 26 he states his decision:

24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.

Like Paul we should live for the benefit of others while we have time on this earth, especially considering the next few verse in 2 Peter 3:

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

Let’s live each day with the thought that Christ is on his way and there are still people who don’t know him.

-Pastor Robert Brody

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