September 26, 2010
"Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts:
for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh."
Many of us have been looking for the return of the Lord Jesus
for a long time. This writer has kept a simple little plaque on
his office wall for over 50 years. It reads: "Perhaps today,"
and serves as a daily reminder that today might indeed be
the day when He comes again. We do long for His appearing,
and as things seem to grow worse in the world year by year,
it is easy to become impatient--or perhaps even despondent-
-when He doesn't come.
Yet day by day "the coming of the Lord draweth nigh!" as our
text teaches. "For ye have need of patience, that, after ye
have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For
yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will
not tarry" (Hebrews 10:36-37).
Even the first-century Christians had to learn patience as they
also anxiously were awaiting Christ's return to deliver them out
of their tribulations--tribulations which were so great they
seemed to fit "end-time prophecies."
"Occupy till I come" (Luke 19:13) is His admonition to all who
await His second coming. "Blessed is that servant, whom his
lord when he cometh shall find so doing" (Luke 12:43). But
rather than hoping the Lord will come quickly to free us from
our tribulations, we should "count it all joy when fall into divers
temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of faith worketh
patience" (James 1:2-3). We need patience, and "tribulation
worketh patience" (Romans 5:3). For God will render "to them
who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and
honor and immortality, eternal life" (Romans 2:7). We should
"be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and
patience inherit the promises" (Hebrews 6:12). "Be patient
therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord" (James 5:7). HMM
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