“There will be no more delay…God’s mysterious plan will
be fulfilled. It will happen just as he announced
to his servants the prophets.”
Thoughts… The Apostle John is speaking of the time when God’s plan for the ages will finally be fully revealed, and fulfilled. The wicked will be judged, sin will be banished, Satan will be consigned to eternal punishment, the Son of God will reign with the saints over all creation, and we will live in God’s perfect universe forever and ever.
The Bible says that all of creation groans in anticipation of that day—including you and me—but God will stick to his sovereign and perfect timeline until that glorious moment arrives. For reasons known only unto him, both the timing and the full revelation of his plan remains shrouded in mystery, and we can only hope in anticipation.
But know this: There will come a day when the heavenly herald announces,
“There will be no more delay…
God’s mysterious plan will be fulfilled!”
The saints have waited for millennia anticipating that announcement—the full revelation of God’s glory. Untold numbers of believers have gone to their graves hoping for that day. You and I have sometimes wondered if it will ever arrive. God’s children have cried out in prayer over the centuries, “how long, O Lord, how long?”
God says, “it will come, my child. It will come!” And as you and I long for that day deep within our spirits, what is called for as we wait is patient endurance and Christian hope.
But that day will arrive some day, and five minutes into eternity, or a billion years into eternity for that matter, the inconvenience of our waiting and the suffering we have patiently endured will seem so minor by comparison. As the songwriter said,
“It will be worth it all when we see Jesus.
Our trials will seem so small, when we see Christ.
One glimpse of his dear face, all sorrows will erase.
So bravely run the race, ‘til we see Christ.”
Prayer… Dear Father, I long for that day when the angelic herald announces, “there will be no more delay.” What a day that will be—I can hardly wait. But until then, O Lord, I will patiently wait and exercise Christian hope—which will make that day all the more glorious.
One More Thing… “Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee; All things pass; God never changes. Patience attains all that it strives for. He who has God finds he lacks nothing; God alone suffices.” — St. Teresa of Avila