The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” Second Peter 3:9
Since I was a child I have been taught that Christ would be coming very soon to receive His children. I admit, I sometimes watch the news and remember God’s Word and ask “God, how much longer? Are you not aware of the atrocities that are happening here on Your creation? “
Suffering is not an action the human body craves. In fact, the human body despises suffering.
Day by day anxieties increase on a Global scale. There seems to be trouble on every hand. We turn on our television and another child in America has been kidnapped and killed. Another family member has lost all hope and taken not only their own life but the lives of their spouse and children. When I was a child the nation would come to a standstill if a child was missing. If a family was murdered the whole nation would mourn and you could certainly count on it being the headline of the news program, not just a sound bite or a bottom screen crawl that runs on the bottom of one of the major news channels.
The Bible states in 2 Timothy 3:1 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. We now turn on the television and the terror group ISIS has replaced the old foe Al Qaeda. We hear this militant group has recruited Americans and that terror cells are located in our own borders and are prepared to unleash evil like we have never seen before.
So please Lord, why can’t you come quickly? The answer can simply be found in Second Peter 3:9, the Scripture shared at the beginning of the article. The Lord is not slacking on His promise to rescue His children from this world. He has so much love for His creation that He is not willing that any should perish, or take their last breath without knowing Jesus Christ, the only name given under heaven by which man must be saved, as their personal savior. What holds God from sending Christ to receive us is the same love that had Him send His only begotten Son to this earth – Jesus, the Christ. He is not willing that any should perish. 1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.”
No person knows when God will send Christ to get His children. But we can certainly surmise that God’s love for those that do not yet know His son Jesus as their personal Savior could be part of the reason He has not retrieved His children yet. For God loves us all the same. Yes, God loves the drunk under the bridge, the killer in his or her jail cell or any other person we can think of as much as He loves you and me. For God is love. Shouldn’t you and I love the same way? Yes, just read 1 Corinthians 13. May God richly bless you!