Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
There are times when nothing can be more frustrating than an irate driver showing up after the gates are locked and the receiving crew has gone home. Even worse is when they start arguing about how they were told that if they arrived before a certain time the company is somehow obligated to accept the freight right then, so they have booked another for six in the morning at a location three hundred miles away. They obviously want us to do something with the freight right now. Are we any different when we look at God’s timing when it comes to the final judgment of sin and the return of Christ?
The apostle Peter reminded his readers that “a day with the Lord is as a thousand years and a thousand years as a single day”. It should seem plain that time for God is not the same as it is for man. The apostle Paul warned that some would come to question the return of Christ given how long it was since he was taken up to the Father and how those who have believed have since died. Yes, it would seem to many that the return of Christ has taken a long time. Indeed, many churches today seem bent on the idea that God has deal out the final judgment in our lifetimes. In a sense, they are like that truck driver who wants that freight received right then and there, according to his time table and not that set by the company he is delivering to.
Now it is probably good practice to try to do what can be done to assist the driver and get him on his way (though a call to his dispatch to discuss his behavior may be in order), such is not the case with God. God is not obligated to bring about the consummation of history in our lifetimes just because we feel he should. No. Just like a company that has a policy in place of not accepting additional freight once the gates are locked, God should not be and is not in anywise obligated to end time just to accommodate us. Drivers must understand that they are on the time of the company they are delivering to and we must understand that we are on God’s time, not our own. The end of time will come, according to when God has dictated, not when we want it. We have no more right to make a demand upon God than a truck driver does regarding a company receiving freight after the gates are locked. It makes him look bad. In like manner does it make churches look bad who border on trying to force God to end time.
The end will come. It must. It is certain. Will it come today? Who knows. What we do know is that until it happens, things must continue on in a good and orderly fashion. Should a driver be forcing a company to receive freight after the cut off time? No. That is placing an unnecessary and unreasonable demand upon that company. Better to call dispatch and ask for somebody else to pick up that load in morning and to otherwise wait it out overnight. It is not going to hurt to wait, in like manner we can only wait for the return of the Lord, though we may end up going to him first. This how it should be.