But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
I believe a knowledge of God’s prophetic plan for the future will enhance our prospects for being successful in our adventure to serve Him each and every day of the year.
Our extended devotional reading for today speaks to some issues that must direct our path through the year, and in fact through all the days that the Lord allows us to have on this earth.
In the mind of Jesus it’s only been several days, verse 8, since He promised to return to set up His kingdom, on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
There is only one reason that Jesus has not returned to gather us to Himself with His shout, the shout of the archangel and with the sound of the trump of God, calling us to join Him in the heavenlies. At which time we’ll be “caught up” to be with Him forever.
There is only one reason He hasn’t called for us to join Him and that is because our Lord and Saviour is not willing that any should perish, but wants all of humankind to come to Him as their Saviour, verse 9.
Let me draw your attention to several other truths that this passage presents for us to “remember”. Verse 4 speaks of those in the last days who will question the “coming of the Lord back to the earth”.
The previous verse, verse 3, tells us why they will doubt that the Lord will come again to be among us, because they will be “scoffers, walking after their own lusts”. This statement is referring to both lost people as well as those who may be Christians, not in good fellowship with the Lord.
These thoughts must be in our memory as we see current events in today’s world setting the stage for all of Bible prophecy to be fulfilled, we must understand that Jesus is only delaying His return because of the lost that He wants to get saved.
When that last one that Jesus knows will get saved, when that one receives Him, then the shout will come for us to join Him in the air. That could happen at any moment. In fact, the truth be known, each of us could hasten the coming of Jesus Christ.
In the context of verse 12, if we are winning people to Jesus Christ, that will hasten His return. What a great goal for this year, winning people to Jesus and at the same time hastening His return.
Remember – everything else we do will be burned up one day, verses 10 and 11, so let’s work to hasten His return.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Lord, please help me to remember the things I should as I eagerly await Your shout for me to join you in the heavenlies and help me to win lost people to You.