Nehemiah 9:26-38; Revelation 22:6-13; Matthew 18:10-20
Why is God such a slow-poke? It has been two-thousand years already and Jesus has yet to return, though his Word declares, “I am coming soon.” Peter answers the question, saying that God is not slow; he is patient. Because he does not want anyone to perish, he delays the day of judgment (1 Peter 3:7-10). When Christ does return, many will wish he had delayed even longer. Nevertheless, those who are evil and defiled will probably persist in their wicked, dirty deeds.
What if we unsealed the words of the prophecy? What if we opened our lips and declared the Word of God? In Nehemiah’s day, the people turned to God, and he heard and delivered them. In our own day, some lost little lambs might turn around and so, not perish.
Let us unseal the prophecy and open our mouths. People must learn that Christ “will come again to judge the living and the dead.” We confess the Apostles’ Creed in our assemblies; let us live what we believe in our homes and in the streets. The time is nearer than we imagine. Jesus is returning soon, bringing just consequences to each person.
Prayer: Come, Lord Jesus! Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman, Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church, Asheboro, NC.