“Sing to the Lord a new song, And His praise from the ends of the earth, You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, You coastlands and you inhabitants of them! Let the wilderness and its cities lift up their voice, The villages that Kedar inhabits. Let the inhabitants of Sela sing, Let them shout from the top of the mountains. Let them give glory to the Lord, And declare His praise in the coastlands. The Lord shall go forth like a mighty man; He shall stir up His zeal like a man of war. He shall cry out, yes, shout aloud; He shall prevail against His enemies.”
Isaiah 42:10-13 NKJV
Here I am, yet again sitting in a waiting room. I do a lot of waiting these days, whether it be for treatment or a bus. Sometimes when I in waiting, I think of those times when the waiting was less oriented toward waiting for an expected event, but rather for a deliverance that is long coming.
As believers we I am awaiting the coming of the Lord, for His bringing of justice for
His people. During this past week, I found myself thinking of the martyred saints under altar, those believers who who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their faith.
“When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.”
Revelation 6:9-11 NKJV
I don’t know if we are there, or if it is a foreshadowing of things to come. But is definitely a time to be mindful what God is
doing, that we are not prepared to see.
It is a time of excitement for the body of Christ. One of my favorite ultra fundamentalist pastors, Spenser Smith likes to say this about the times we are in:
If things are getting real bad, it means things are getting real good.”
Brothers and sisters, it can feel like we are waiting on things uncertain. But know that what we are waiting for certain, longed for, for we are waiting for the coming of the Lord.
“For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
II Timothy 4:6-8 NKJV
The glory to come is worth the wait!