“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” ~2Pet 3:8-2Pet 3:9 NIV
Time is meaningless to God, as it was God who created time. It was God who invented/created (call it what you wish) all of the physical laws we now use to limit ourselves, and others use to limit their Creator. Time creates meaning and points of reality to each of us through our memories, they also are causations of milestone moments (not just memories) in our lives, the lives of communities, societies, and whole races. But, again, time is meaningless to God. God sees everything from beginning to end, much as we would see a re-run on television; such as “I Love Lucy,” “MacGyver,” “Friends,” etc.
You, like I, probably have said to yourself: Why doesn’t God judge these people, already? Or more to our level, where is a cop when you need one? (when someone zips on by doing 15-20 miles over the limit.) We want closure on this grave wrong that has been committed! Or like in Jonah’s situation, Jonah wanted God to judge the Ninevites, and he wanted them judged harshly and the city to be destroyed. Why else would Jonah have gone away to purposely flee from such a task that God set before him? Truth be told, there is a lot of Jonah in each and every one of us; whether you choose to accept that assertion, or not, that is on you. If you reflect on yourself, objectively, you would see it. After all, Jonah did know God well enough to know that if he went to Nineveh and preached the word of God and warned the Ninevites; Jonah knew that they would have turned from their ways and would have repented. More importantly, if they repented and did not mean it God would have seen into their hearts and would know they did not mean it; after which, God would have judged them. However, had they repented and they did mean it, God would have seen that in their hearts, as well and would have forgiven them.
This is how God is with each of us. God wants us to repent, or change our minds and change the direction of our hearts and follow His will and His word! He gives us all the time in the world that we need to change our moral direction. But change our hearts, or not, doesn’t matter; eventually, we each will draw our final breath and after that we will be judged. We are guaranteed one human life span to make our changes and follow God’s will and word. But eventually death and judgement will come our way. And many of us will be quite surprised! So many of us, yes even we Christians, will be judged, too. We have been set as watchmen over our fellow man, to warn him and to teach him and to guide him. However, it is the Holy Spirit who is to stir in their hearts to make them seek true repentance and to change their ways. God warned us all to do such things:
“So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me. When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.“ ~Ezekiel 33:7-9 NKJV
The brother of Jesus, the Apostle James told us:
“…faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead…” James 2:14-26 NKJV
How will our fellow man be warned if we do not follow the mandates placed before us? Will not their blood be on our hands if they do not hear of the word of God, or the good news of Jesus and the gift of salvation that is offered to them? Consider this: You or I might be the only person who knows Jesus that may be willing to inform them, to teach or guide them. Out of this whole wide world there are roughly 7 Billion people, and of that number about 30% are Christian. Most Christians have a mindset that “that’s not my job,” or “someone else will handle that,” etc. Guess what…and YES that includes me…IT IS OUR JOB TO TELL EVERYONE WE COME IN CONTACT WITH!
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.~Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV
So, the next time you, and the next time that I, see another on the wrong path, or just a fellow soul…we each need to remember that it is our job, our purpose, God’s will, that we speak to them about Jesus, salvation, being reborn a new man…and to live a new life with a grand purpose in Jesus.
May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!
MK Murphy, PhD, DD