I’m sitting here in my office right now waiting–waiting for a concert we’re going to have at church tonight. I’ve been looking forward to it for a couple of months. It’s by a group called the Haining Family out of Branson, MO. We first heard them at our AFLC national conference this year. At the moment I’m praying for good attendance and spiritual benefits for the people who come tonight.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not real good with waiting. Once I’ve decided on something or once I’ve been told that something will happen, well, I want to get on with it. Patience is a virtue, but it is occasionally illusive for me. From a lifetime of watching people, I know that I’m not the only impatient person in the world–it’s a widely shared trait.
Lots of people are that way about waiting for the Jesus’ return too. If you’re one of those folks who would be really happy if He came tomorrow morning–well I’m with you. In the first years after the Lord’s Ascension there were evidently many people who believed His coming would happen any day. They looked for it every morning when they woke up. Some were so eager that they actually stopped working and just, as we say today, hung around, causing the Apostle Paul to say that if they didn’t want to work–well, they didn’t get to eat.
I can’t say I’ve seen that today, but we do get a lot of folks who seemed entranced with “signs” that portend the Lord’s immanent return. The latest one seems to be something about a “black moon” coming in about 20 years. (I had never heard of it either). But Jesus told us that it was not ours to know when the day of the time would be. We just have to live our lives as His faithful people and trust that when it is just the right time God will act. Lots of people awaited a Messiah for generations, looking here and there. But Jesus didn’t come until just the right time.
So the question becomes–do we trust God enough to just wait? Or will we waste our time with schedules and signs and calculations that confuse the faithful and embarrass the Church before the world?
I’m not real good with waiting–but I’m going to trust that God will do what He wants when the time is complete. In the meantime, we all have lives to live and work to do–after all the Gospel is always going to be Good News.