What’s taking him so long?

When I see so much evil going on in the world and that evil becoming more shocking over time, I occasionally get so disgusted and fed up with this wicked world that I’m ready for the Lord to rapture me right on out of here. I admit I’ve asked God on several occasions what was taking him so long to wrap up the last days by rapturing his church out so the Great Tribulation can get going.

Sooner or later, he then reminds me that although it’s good to “be ye also ready” at all times to meet him, his delaying happens because he is on an extensive mission of mercy. As Peter points out in 2 Peter 3:15, “…account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you.”clocks by Alan Cleaver under Creative commons license

There is so much to be ecstatic about and joyful over when we anticipate our Lord’s return, but there should be just as much ecstasy and joy over the prospect that God in the present day is giving as much time as possible for as many people as possible to repent. Despite all the darkness, the light of the glorious gospel of Christ is being spread worldwide every day and it’s possible that several thousands of people are coming to Christ every day. That’s definitely something to rejoice about.  What’s more, it also gives time for backsliding Christians to come to an epiphany that they need to change their wicked ways and repent, as well as gives me more time to improve my walk with Christ. The Lord knows I have a lot to work on.

When all is considered, I end up praising God for his longsuffering as shown by his delay while I simultaneously glorify him in hope for his soon return. It’s a win-win situation.

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