Speed it up, God

29 Jan

The lights dimmed. The only sound we heard were the gears and rollers as the curtains opened wider. A message appeared on the screen. “Please silence your phones now. Your movie is about to begin.” Then, nothing. The theater attendance was light for the first showing of the day, but the projection delay caused ripples of murmurs and people shifting in their seats. After a couple of minutes passed, a patron left to let someone know something was wrong. A few more minutes passed before the movie started.

I admit I am restless like that in many ways toward Jesus’s return. For most of my life I’ve heard others say he could come at any time. In my own searching of the scriptures, I see that some prophecies about his second coming are yet to be fulfilled. Headlines horrify readers, and the world is getting restless.

Can we really do this?

A word in a familiar verse grabbed my attention and imagination the other day. 2 Peter 3:12 “looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?” Several parallel verses came to mind regarding looking—being watchful—for the signs of his coming. But only the verses where Jesus said even he didn’t know the day or hour came to mind for the rest of the verse. Tell me, how can we hasten the day? “…looking for AND hastening…” Can we—like the movie patron alerting the theater staff of a problem—hurry him up?

Another way of looking at this question is to ask another. What is he waiting for? I see two things.

1. As in the days of Noah, evil must reach a peak. Jesus said that life would get so bad that many would fall away, but so the elect would not also fall away, the days would be shortened. (See Matthew 24.) It should be obvious that I don’t propose we work toward making the world more evil.
2. Isaiah 59:19 “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of Lord will lift up a standard against him,” (NKJV). Before Jesus returns, he will show the world his word is true and his will unmovable. I believe that standard will be his Church. That means believers will come into perfect alignment with God’s heart. Divisions will not exist in his chosen ones. Politics won’t influence because they are rendering to the Lord the things that are his. His righteousness in them will be evident. He will confirm through signs and wonders just as he did with the early apostles.

Bold claim on my part

Why would I make such a claim? Because, Jesus is coming for a Bride without spot or wrinkle—one who has made herself ready for the Groom. You see, he isn’t returning for those with his robes of righteousness worn on the exterior based on his promises. He will return for those with his righteousness within that rises up like living waters and refreshes others.

In James 4:8-10 we read, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” Motivational speakers and multi-level marketers understand the power in this verse. Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “Don’t expect to fly with the eagles when you hang around the turkeys.” Something more than words are exchanged when people gather together. As MLM teachings go, you rise toward the level of the highest achiever or the higher achiever lowers to the mass. You become like who you are with. Jesus calls us into intimacy with him. Think of the possibilities.

I believe I am entering a relationship with him I’ve only hoped for in the past as I respond to his call to come. Has anyone else sensed the word “come” is their word for the year? If so, I would like to hear from you. Perhaps we can encourage one another on our way.

One Response to “Speed it up, God”

  1. Heather Roberts at 4:55 pm #

    So excited for you!

    Like

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