25 February 2012

Will He come?

Good luck, Tobes by bobmendo
Good luck, Tobes, a photo by bobmendo on Flickr.

I mean no derogation. It's just that Avi, sitting at the computer, is not the most machine-friendly guy when it comes to computers and mobile phones and such. So when Toby, from the UK, started showing Avi, who lives in Budapest, the ropes on this machine, well, I just wished Toby good luck.

And maybe that's the way it is with disk-cipleship. Or discipleship. We tend to look at what has been, and not what might be. We evaluate the possibilities on the basis of past performance rather than the future hopes.

The Bible quotes people who were in such a consideration. There were those who were tired of waiting for the return of Messiah Jesus. They had hoped for a year or two or ten, and were wearying. The past had dreams and these dreams were (as yet) unfulfilled. So in 2Pet. 3.4 we read, "saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.”

You can hear their disappointment. You can hear their pain. But to their mockery, Peter has an answer:

2Pet. 3.9 "The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance."

That's the grace of God. That's the kindness of the Almighty, to wait for you to come to Him. He's not delayed nor tired nor unable. He's patient.

Won't you receive Him today?

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