Patient Waiting – Hard to Do!

“And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 3.5

There is a verse found in Hebrews 9.28 that tells us: “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” What is is that will cause you and me to want to “look for him” when He comes to take His children home? I believe the verse above in 2 Thessalonians gives us some insight. (1) the Lord direct your hearts; (2) into the love of God; and (3) into the patient waiting for Christ. We often hear pastor say something like, “We need to live in such a way that if Jesus came back today we would be ready!” So how do we do that? I believe the answer starts with “the Lord direct your hearts …” When God is in charge of our hearts, we WILL think on the right things and we will learn to anticipate that which the Lord has said is coming. When God directs our hearts “into the love of God,” we are going to want to see Him, be with Him, and spend eternity with Him. That is the supernatural result of allowing God to control our hearts.
The next thing God wants to do is direct our hearts “into the patient waiting for Christ.” I am 76 years old and I have been hearing preachers tell me that Christ is coming back for His own, and it may be today. Does the fact that He has not come yet mean He isn’t coming back? Not at all. It just means that we are that much nearer to His return. Jesus said that no man knows the day or the hour when He will return, except for His Father in heaven. I don’t have to know WHEN. I just need to be ready NOW. It seems at times that the word “patient” and the word “waiting” shouldn’t go together. Most of us have a difficult being patient when we are waiting. But God”s instruction is “patient waiting for Christ.” If He came back today, would you have any unfinished business to take care of? Let’s BE ready – whenever He returns! Just my thoughts …

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