“The Lord is not slack (slow) concerning his promise, as some men count slackness (slowness); but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”2 Peter 3:9
I have experienced important events in my life, some that came sooner than I expected and others that could not come soon enough. I remember looking forward to my first day of school which soon came without much fanfare, and I was disappointed when I realized I had to go back again after the first day. I looked forward to when I would become a teenager, and I sadly woke up on my 13th birthday with no hair on my chest and my voice still squealing like Alvin the Chipmunk. I then thought the magic year of 18 would bring me newfound freedom, and I would then be a man and have the world by the tail. Boy, was I wrong.
I started dating my future wife who I could not wait to marry, and I vowed I would not let her go. The wedding came and went and time just seemed to fly by. The dates of our kids being born are forever etched in my brain. and it seems like yesterday I was anxiously looking forward to all these things which are now memories. I remember hearing of Jesus coming again when I was younger, and I did not want Him to come yet because I wanted all these things to happen for me. I would love to see the day when I become grandpa, but I can wait as long as needed for that day to come to pass. I still have goals and aspirations and things I would like to accomplish, but I am not sure there is anything I would want more now than to see my Savior return for me in the clouds.
I have a cousin who made many promises to me as a kid, and I believed her every time she told me she was coming to pick me up. She would tell me she would arrive at a certain time on a certain day, and I would go to the window and look for her to come. She would promise me trips to the water park, the mall and other various things that would get me excited for her to come. She rarely took me on these exciting adventures. I soon got older and her stories were not as believable as they once were. I realized my cousin may have had the best intentions, but she was a horrible liar. She would call and say she was coming, and I would not even entertain the thought in my head. I filed these stories in the “Santa Claus file”, and I believed her as much as I did the bearded man. She would surprise me from time to time, but for the most part, her promises meant very little as she had no problem breaking them.
I myself have broken many promises, and I have had experienced others’ broken promises. I do my best to keep my word as I feel it is important to follow through on the things that you have committed to. As much as I have tried, I still break promises from time to time, even though I pains me to do so. The only One who has not broken a promise to me is my God, and I am comforted by these verses as I know He will come again. I know He is not slow to keep His promises, and I know one day the trumpet will sound and I will meet Him in the air from the grave or from wherever I am on this earth. I long for that day when He will come back for the saints so that we may be with Him for all eternity.
Our God will come back when we least expect it, so He warns us to be ready. Are you ready for Jesus’ second coming? If He were to come today, would you caught up to meet Him or would you be left behind? Have you put your faith and trust in the One who died for you? How about you Christian? Are you living as if He will show any second of any day? Will you be caught living for Him, or will you be ashamed at His coming? May we live to be pleasing to God, and may we be ready when the “roll is called up yonder”.