Encouragement

Why the Delay?

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 promises. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. – I Peter 3: 8-9 

When Peter wrote these words he was addressing Christians who were being ridiculed because Jesus had not returned to the earth. The charge went like this: When is he coming back, you fool? Don’t you realize the world has been getting along like it always has? Nothing’s going to change. You believe in a pipe dream, a fairy tale, which will never come true. 

I believe in the return of Christ and in God’s plan to complete his work of redemption through Jesus in the new heavens and earth. God always finishes what he starts. I don’t know when it will happen, nor do I fret over it, but I know this world had a beginning and one day it will have an end. Only God is eternal. In the mean time I shall wait patiently and serve the Lord to the best of my ability, knowing that God tarries because he is patient with us sinners. He does not want us to die, but to repent and come to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. God delays because he is gracious. Even so, we should not neglect his longsuffering. One day we will draw our last breath and meet our Maker, the Lord God Almighty, face-to-face, and we shall give an account for how we responded to his patience with us. Will we repent now or will we perish later? Believe the gospel and be encouraged.

 

 

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Shall We Compromise?

If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up. – Daniel 3:17-18

The book of Daniel is the story about God’s call in our lives to not bow the knee to those cultural forces that sometimes crash against the values of our faith. Daniel and his three friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, were living in Babylon during the exile and they were constantly being tempted to compromise their faith for the sake of a comfortable life. Their temptation was not unlike ours today. All of us want to live comfortably and experience the American Dream, but what should we do when the culture becomes hostile to the convictions of our faith? Shall we compromise for the sake of not offending anyone? If we do we might very well lose our souls. Jesus told his followers “Do not fear the one who can kill the body, but rather fear the one who can destroy both body and soul in hell.” Daniel’s three friends understood what our Lord was talking about, even though they lived five hundred years before the time of Christ. Our faith and actions must possess the integrity of its convictions, even if God chooses not to save us from the fiery furnace.

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