“Where are you, Lord?” It’s a question many people have asked, even those of great faith. I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t take me much of the nightly news to see the evil in this world. Skeptics and unbelievers will tell us this proves God does not exist. I believe they are wrong, and debates about unfulfilled Bible prophecy aside, I can give you one idea as to why Christ has yet to return:
God is patient.
In fact, the Bible tells us that God doesn’t want anyone to perish.
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9 KJV).”
This solidifies other scriptures.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved (John 3:16-17 KJV).”
Why do we need to be saved? Because we’re all sinners.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23 KJV).”
What happens if we don’t repent and “come to repentance?” We will die and go to Hell.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 3:23 KJV).”
That’s the same Jesus Christ who died for us while we were yet sinners.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8 KJV).”
How can I be saved, you might ask? Easy. Ask Jesus to save you.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:9,13).”
Don’t rest on your works. They’ll never be enough to cover your sin debt.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV).”
If you’re reading this and you are not saved, or maybe you are not sure about your salvation, I pray that you'll take this into consideration.
If you are saved, share it with people in your community. In fact, Jesus tells believers to share the Gospel.
“O ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen (Matthew 28:19-20 KJV).”
That’s the same Jesus that, one day, will return.