“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.”
II Peter 3:9 NKJV
I wandered in the wilderness for twenty seven years, ignoring the draw of God, and seeking to worship the god of self. Looking back, I wonder why God waited, why He restrained His hand of judgement. I remember doing many evil things back then, and the darkness of my heart. I shudder to think about how close I was to hell during those times, how if I had died, I would have spent eternity in a place no one wants to go.
When I finally did come to the Lord, I examined my life from a new perspective. I could see all the damage sin had brought to my life. I could also see all the times I came close to facing judgement. God waited on me and never ceased to convict me with His Holy Spirit. I am thankful that He showed restraint.
Though I resisted, He was relentless, as He sent people into my life to tell me of who He is. I also saw the price that failure to heed can bring. There were so many I knew who went into that Christless eternity, having died in their sins. I have sought to share the Gospel message with as many as I can.
We are living in a time when there seems to be a confluence of events happening at once that point to the soon coming of Jesus. Many of these are feelings, a sense that we are in unprecedented times. There are also many scriptural things coming to pass, or very close to coming to pass.
Many of the events that we believers have hoped for are unfolding right before our eyes. When we talk about the last days, there are many who might ask why Jesus has not come. They ask from a heart of doubt and unbelief.
“knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.””
II Peter 3:3-4 NKJV
Many of these people are like frogs in a pan of water on the stove. They lay in their cold water bath, and they don’t notice that the water is getting warmer, until it is too late. This world that we live in has been waxing worse and worse, slowly but surely. We have become conditioned to accept debased behaviors as normal, actions that would have previously been considered perverse are heralded and defended. Many of us are unaware of how bad things have gotten. In our own lives, we have lost sight of what holiness looks like.
Brothers and sisters, judgement is coming. This world will not simply go on without correction. With that in mind, let us go out and tell people about Jesus today. Let us share the story of God in the flesh who came to earth, lived as one of us, and died for our sins on the cross. He was buried and rose again on the third day.
I awaken each morning with an urgency to go out and share, sadly I can’t. But, I can pray for those who can. Know that I am praying for all of you to have a burden for the lost, an opportunity to share, and boldness to go out and approach. (Thanks Pastor David!) I feel an increasing urgency to pray, to lift up other believers, to pray for those who do not know Jesus because time is short.
If you know the Lord and have your sins forgiven, rejoice. If you are not sure if you are forgiven, or have never asked, let today be the day that you seek the Lord. I promise you, there will be no regrets.
Some day soon, God will no longer show restraint, and life as we know it will come to an end. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. It is an oncoming train.
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.”
II Peter 3:10 NKJV