by Sheri Schofield
“Tim, the snow has drifted over our driveway. I’m not sure how bad it is down in the meadow, but I may need you to plow the road ahead of me,” I reported via cell phone on my way to church. Tim, who cannot be around others because of his health issues right now, stood by while I tried to negotiate the road into town. A couple minutes later I called to say, “Well, I’m stuck in a snowdrift down past the creek. I need some help.” I never made it to church that day.
Sometimes we face roadblocks in life. We may want to do a ministry for the Lord, but others won’t cooperate, or facilities are not available, or a pandemic hits and the way is blocked. We reach a standstill. It can be frustrating!
Reading Acts and the letters written by the Apostles, I find they had some expectations that seemed to be delayed, too. They all thought Jesus would return to earth as King during their lifetimes. But He didn’t. Down through the ages, the great hope of the church has been the imminent return of Christ. Every generation seemed to believe He would return quickly. Yet, here we are, still hoping, still watching and waiting. We seem to be stuck.
What’s the deal? Why hasn’t Jesus returned yet? The Apostle Peter wrote this: “Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come—they will say, ‘Where is this ‘coming’ he promised?’ But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 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” (2 Peter 3:3, 4, 8, 9, NIV).
What is God’s perspective in this? I think He sees things differently than we do. If Jesus had returned to earth in the Apostles’ generation, imagine how few of earth’s people would be in heaven. But in over two thousand years, countless millions have come to know Christ. If Jesus had returned earlier, you and I would not even have been born!
But God saw our generation from eternity past. He loved us. He wanted us to be part of His family. He’s planning a huge party in heaven when we all arrive—a great banquet—a reunion lasting seven years!
God promised Adam and Eve a Savior. Then He waited four thousand years before sending Jesus! Let us not be impatient! Sure, we all want to see Jesus return in our lifetime. But God’s family is not yet complete. There remain others He wants in His kingdom.
While we wait, let’s work toward reaching as many people as possible for Jesus. One day, the last child will join the family. Only then will the Father send His Son back to earth. Stay prepared! Trust God’s timing! We never know when that last child will join God’s family. What a great day that will be!
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 NIV).
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About the author: Sheri Schofield is an award-winning children’s author-illustrator. She was named Arise Daily Writer of the Year in 2020, and Writer of the Year in 2018 at the Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference for her work in effectively sharing the gospel of Jesus. Sheri also writes devotions for children at her website: www.sherischofield.com in “Campfire”, and is in the process of developing a children’s program on her YouTube site. Questions welcomed!
Read Sheri and her husband’s amazing story in One Step Ahead of the Devil: A Powerful Love Story. Thrust into national politics because of her husband’s work, Lissa McCloud struggles to save the life of the man she loves from those who are bent on his destruction. Based on true events, the reader is taken deep into the heart of national politics –all the way to Congress and the President of the United States.
Join the conversation: To what do you look forward to the most when Jesus returns?