40 Days of Repentance | Day 34: Delay

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Confession: I sat down to blog a few night ago and realized I was 5 days behind schedule.

Granted, Jereme and I were out of town at a conference, and I didn’t really have the opportunity to catch up until we got back, but this is always what happens when I procrastinate.

This brought to mind the words of Yahshua:

“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matt. 24: 36-51

I am guilty of delaying. Making excuses. Waiting until the last minute or until I realize I’m going to have to write 5 blogs in one night just to catch up (like I’m doing right now). Perhaps it wouldn’t be all that important if this weren’t a task that I knew the Father had called me to do…

We make these kinds of excuses all the time:

“People have been saying Jesus was coming soon for years, and he hasn’t come yet. I seriously doubt it’s gonna happen in my lifetime.”

Even so, does that mean you go on living the way you want? Doing the things you want to do? Pursuing your own desires? “Eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage” as if you’ve got all the time in the world, and His call to repent is simply not that urgent right now?

If this is your attitude, I encourage you to rethink it.

Many of us are eager for our Lord’s return. Yet out of mercy, He delays…

Instead of complaining about the state of the world and longing for Him to come back already, how about we spend this time preparing? That means praying, reading His Word, observing His holy days and Feasts, keeping His commandments, walking in His ways, and purifying our vessels.

“Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”

He is coming like a thief in the night.

This post is day 34 in my 40 Days of Repentance series. Click here to read day 33.

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