Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | June 18, 2013

Waiting on the Lord, by David Bower

Are We Spoiled by Modern Society?

Today the pattern for life seems to be more focused on instant gratification; hardly anyone wants to wait for anything anymore. I recall as a young person the popularity among the working class, of which I was a member, of a device called “layaway.” One could make an initial payment on an item which would then be put into layaway at the store until it was paid off over a period of time then the item could be taken home and enjoyed or prepared as a gift. I suspect the layaway plan is rarely used today as instant credit permits one to acquire the item immediately for use with payments coming later to complete its purchase.

Our entertainment is similar in that a problem of some sort is presented on a TV show and solved within no more than an hour; certainly before it’s time for a snack. We’ve probably all felt an irritation when we discovered the show we were watching had two parts and we would have to wait until the following week to see how it ended.

Real Life is Not So Accommodating

We encounter a problem when real life gets involved; sometimes resolution of a problem can take a long time and never come out the way we had hoped. Trying to find an immediate solution to a long-term problem may only complicate the issue and delay a full resolution of the problem.

Even in the spiritual realm there is a desire for instant gratification. I’m reminded of the Christian’s prayer for patience attributed to Oren Arnold, “Dear God, I pray for patience. And I want it RIGHT NOW!” I see too much of this in the prayer requests I get from all over the world; people have an agenda for God and expect Him to move quickly to do whatever it is they’re asking of Him. Some are even angry with God when He doesn’t do what they are asking within an acceptable timeframe.

When reading the Bible, which is a masterpiece of abbreviated understatement, it is easy to overlook the time implications involved for the people whose lives are being narrated in those pages; to forget that 40 years in their lives was still 40 years they had to live one day at a time not knowing what the next day might bring.

Are We Again Living in Biblical Times?

The Biblical age in which we are living is known as the Church Age, the age of grace, and just as it had a beginning it will have an ending. The beginning of the Church Age came on May 25, 33 AD but the ending, which will occur when the church is taken up at the Rapture, is known only to God. The Church Age was a mystery hidden from the Old Testament prophets and only revealed by the Lord Jesus Christ at His First Advent.

There are no unfulfilled prophecies that must take place before the church can be taken up; it could happen at any second and many of us hope it will be the next one. As some critics will point out those expecting the Rapture any second have been waiting for a long time and nothing has happened yet. I believe, along with many others, that the Rapture of the Church is a membership event, not a specific calendar event. By that I mean that our Lord is waiting for every individual He has foreordained to be a part of the church to become a part of the church before the church age is brought to a close.

2 Peter 3:9

This is what is intended when it is written in 2 Peter 3:9, “9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” The Book of 2 Peter is addressed to “To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours.” In other words you is a reference to believers and the anyone and the everyone is a reference to those who will receive the message of salvation and become a part of the church before it is taken home. The Lord knows precisely who will be a part of the church and is holding the rapture back until that last soul is joined into the body of Christ; then the church will be called home to be with the Lord forever.

So, what are we waiting for? We’re waiting for our last brothers and sisters to be added to the body of Christ then we’ll all go home together. As an online missionary for Global Media Outreach I continue to marvel at the number of men and women coming to the Lord in Islamic controlled nations. The Lord is doing an amazing work in areas that are closed to ordinary missionary activity and bringing to Himself many converts from Islam to the true Lord and God, Jesus Christ.

Each day the Lord delays calling the church home provides opportunities for many more to join the body of Christ for all time and eternity. Aren’t each of us thankful that the Lord didn’t call the church home before we had the chance to join it? When the last person the Lord has chosen to be a part of the church receives Christ as Savior then we’ll all go home together; can you even imagine their feelings of gratitude when that last person realizes what happened?

Even so, Come Lord Jesus!


Responses

  1. Good Morning Mr. David,
    I always get excited to receive your new blogs, i say oh hey David’s new blog..
    I have an important question though, When JESUS adds a persons name to the lambs book of life, does here ever remove a person from eternity? Had a person tell me that the other day, and it had me question myself if i am saying,thinking,or doing something that could truely cause JESUS to remove me from his glorious eternity with him..
    Sincerely a lover of JESUS, Pamela

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    • Dear Pamela:

      That is an important question and fortunately the Bible has provided abundant answers to that question. Once you have received the Lord as Savior you are given the righteousness of Christ and there is absolutely no condemnation remaining against you now and forever. One of my favorite sections of Scripture that addresses that issue is the Book of Romans. I encourage you to read Chapters 5 – 8 to see what is written on that subject. In Chapters 5 and 6 mankinds problem with sin is discussed and in Chapter 7, Paul laments his own personal problem with sin and then in Chapter 8 God’s solution to man’s sin problem is expressed in very certain and confident words of reassurance. I’ll specifically mention some key verses from Chapter 8 starting with verses 1-4, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”

      Chapter 8 concludes with the strongest words of assurance concerning the security of the believer to be found in the Bible; in verses 38-39 we read, “38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

      Wouldn’t you agree that those verses make it very clear that once we are saved we are always saved? These verses are only a sample of the many reassurances we have from God that our place in His eternal family is secured by His power, not our power.

      Please let me know if you would like more information on the eternal security of the believer and don’t let an ignoramus rob you of your joy.

      In Christ’s love,

      David

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  2. Hi, David,
    Your statement, “the Bible, which is a masterpiece of abbreviated understatement”, is so true! And, thank you for reminding me that “the Rapture of the Church is a membership event, not a specific calendar event”! I found your blog today to be very comforting and exciting, at the same time!
    Thank you,
    Alisonj

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