A God Who Never Procrastinates

“Be ye also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh”

James 5:8

I sometimes have the greatest intentions but don’t always come through. Procrastination has derailed many of my plans and I have no one to blame but myself. I have said “I will get it done tomorrow”, but it seems tomorrow never comes. We often think God is the same way, but His timing is always perfect. He never procrastinates and He never forgets.

I came back from camp one summer on fire for God and determined to make a difference for Him. My friends seemed to scatter like cockroaches do when the light turns on. I had broken the “bad friend code” when I made a decision for God at camp, even though we all attended church and were in the same youth group. We had all set out to be rebels that summer and did not want to be luke warm but wanted to be as cold as a Siberian winter. God reached into my cold heart and warmed it with the two-edged sword of His Word. He broke me and started to work in my life.

The summer was not going the way I originally planned, and I seemed all alone at times. I was reading my Bible, praying and doing my best for God. I remembered the verse in Hebrews 13:5b that states,“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
I knew God did not lie, but I felt so alone. When you’re a teenager, your friends mean the world to you and you don’t care much about anything else. I was at a low point when I went outside one day to cut the grass.

I pulled the cord as sweat glistened on my brow but my lawnmower would not start. I prayed for things to get better, but they seemed to get worse. I pulled and pulled, but the lawnmower would not turn over. I did not know what else to do, so I knelt over my lawnmower and prayed over it. I asked God to show me He was there with me and to help me get the lawnmower started. I got up off of my knees and pulled the cord yet once again. The lawnmower roared to life and tears ran down my face. My heart was filled with joy, and I felt a bond with God like I had never known before. The Lord did not forget about me and He came at the right time when I felt He was not there.

I think of the times when people have felt God has left them. Times when God’s people have faced injustices, sufferings and hardships. In times of great adversity, it seems God has forgotten, but He is the Righteous Judge and has not forgotten His people. The coming of the Lord is drawing near, and all injustices, hardships and sufferings will not be forgotten. God does not forget His people and His coming is closer today than it was yesterday.
Do you feel beat down by this world? Do you feel God has left you? Do you feel as though God will never come back for His children? Revelation 22:20 states, “…Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” Do you pray for His return? Are you ready if He were to come tonight? Is your heart established? Are you patiently waiting for Him? May we trust His promises even when feelings betray us, and may our prayer be, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

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