THE CLARION CALL
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance”. 2 PETER 3:9
In the previous meditation we explained that God’s time-table is definitely not the same as ours. This reminds me of the story of a little boy who had a party to attend. The scheduled time was for late afternoon; but he started troubling his mother from morning. He was still too tender to know how to read the clock. After several frustrating attempts to get his mother prepare, she had to explain how time works. She told him that when the short hand of the clock is on 4 and the long one on 12, then it would be time to go. When the mother turned her back, the young boy used his hand to adjust the hands of the clock and screamed, “It is time”! How often do we behave like this boy! We always like to manipulate things to suit our will, forgetting that God makes all things beautiful in His time.
The text before us today gives a second possible reason why Jesus has kept back His coming till now. God has no desire for any sinner to perish; therefore He has made large room for people to get their acts together and embrace the way of salvation. For everyday that Jesus delays His coming, it is an extension of the mercy of God. Someday, the curtain will be drawn on the current phase of God’s dealing with mankind. The clarion call is for saints of God to double their gospel efforts, and for sinners to run into the waiting hands of the Saviour.
FURTHER STUDY: REVELATION 3:14-20
PRAYER: Lord, move by Your Spirit and bless all gospel efforts globally.