Turn on a news broadcast or read through the headlines on any webpage, and it’s easy to get discouraged about the direction the world is heading in. Despite humanity’s best efforts and good intentions, we continue to slide down the slope toward self-destruction.
I am reminded of Jesus’ last words in the Bible, where He says
“Yes, I am coming quickly.”
And I think how quickly is quickly? How bad does it have to get? How many more atrocities will God allow us to inflict on one another before He steps in and says “ENOUGH”? How much more opposition will we have to deal with until God finally rescues us?
Despite warning Timothy about the difficulties, and instructing him on how to deal with them, Paul didn’t want Timothy to totally focus on how hard his task was or how long it would last.
1 Timothy 6:13-14
In the presence of God, who gives life to all, and before Christ Jesus, who gave a good confession before Pontius Pilate, I charge you to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in His own time.
Timothy’s “mission completed” point isn’t when he thinks Christ should be coming back, instead it is when God the Father decides…which [He] will bring about in His own time.
And why could Timothy trust God’s timing? Ephesus wasn’t an easy place, it was a melting pot of sinful cultures. There were popular views about God that were completely false. There were people in charge that didn’t even acknowledge God. And there was plenty of opposition to Timothy defending the true gospel message. I’m sure there were times when he would have thought “Ok, God…You can send Jesus back anytime time now…”
In the next sentence, Paul reminds Timothy of who God is. Do you think this resume supports God sending Jesus back in His own time?
1 Timothy 6:15-16
the blessed and only Sovereign,
the King of kings,
and the Lord of lords,
the only One who has immortality,
dwelling in unapproachable light,
whom none of mankind has seen or can see,
to whom be honor and eternal might.
In addition to remembering our good confession, the way Timothy would keep going with his mission was to remember who gave him his marching orders.
Since God gives life to all, do I trust Him with what He says I should do with my life? When I read through the God’s resume in verses 15-16, do those attributes convince me that God also knows what He’s doing when it comes to the timing of Christ’s return?
Instead of wondering “How much longer?”, our question should be “How can I trust Him today?”.