5I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
6My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.
(Psalm 130:5-6, King James Version)
Waiting! Now, that is a hard thing to do. Most of us are rather impatient if we have to spend much time waiting, whether it is in a doctor's office, or waiting for someone to come home. The longer it has been, and the later it gets, the harder it is to continue to wait. Yet, we are just speaking of a matter of minutes or maybe even hours, but what about waiting for years--or even for an entire lifetime. How easy is that?
Our waiting for the Lord may be a matter of waiting for His help or assistance. However, our waiting for the Lord also involves our waiting for His return. The New Testament believers waited for the Lord, believing that His return was imminent. Yet, here we are almost 2000 years later and He still has not returned. How are we to think about that?
Every century many have believed that Christ would return, perhaps even in his of her lifetime. World wide catastrophes and events have occurred causing man to think, surely Christ's return is imminent. Just recently, there were some who thought the Mayan's had predicted the end of the world, yet December 21, 2012, came and went, and the world is still here. Are our hopes futile? Is Christ really going to return?
No, our hopes are not futile, and yes, Christ will return. Most missed Christ's first coming, due to their unbelief. Yet, Christ did come. Born of the virgin Mary in Bethlehem, as prophesied, Christ came. He lived on this earth, first as a carpenter's son. When He reached the age of about 30, John the Baptist, His forerunner (also fulfilling prophecy), presented Him to the world, and His public ministry began. For three years He labored on this earth, equipping and training the men who would be instrumental in bringing His Gospel to the Jew first, and then to the Gentiles.
When the time came, He gave up His life, that He might save a people for Himself from ages past to future years to come. After three days He rose again, and later, in the presence of His disciples, ascended into heaven where He now sits at the right hand of God the Father making intercession for us. Now, in the 21st Century, we are still proclaiming this same Gospel to a lost world, and, like the Psalmist we say, I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
Just as Christ came once, so will He return as He has promised. Though we do not know the day nor the hour, yet we see that the world is ripe for His return. The Gospel has been, and continues to be spread to the uttermost parts of the earth, and when He returns, He will gather His people from all walks of life, and from all nations.
The Bible tells us that, Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:2) In Romans 13:11, we are told, Now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Let us, then, continue to faithfully love and serve the Lord our God, for we know that the day will come when He will return and time shall be no more. Then, all work will cease, and all who are not saved will be lost forever! Let us redeem the time, knowing that the days are evil.
God Bless You,