Recently, I read something in an article written by Bob Deffinbaugh titled, “Scoffers, the Second Coming, and Scripture (2 Peter 3:1-13),” and I thought I would begin this column with it.
“We Americans do not handle delays very well, as we saw in the recent airline attendants’ strike. When numerous flights were canceled and many others were delayed, no one found the delays pleasant. Our culture simply does not like to wait.
“Yet, we wait less today than men have ever waited. We travel at high speed, waiting less to arrive at a distant place. Communications which formerly took months now are completed in seconds. Meals which used to take hours to cook are now done in minutes in microwave ovens.
“People used to have to wait until they had cash to purchase a new car or home. Now these things are bought on credit. We do not have to wait. Fewer and fewer people are willing to wait until marriage to enjoy the pleasures of [marriage]. We Americans are not accustomed to waiting.”
As I read these comments the first time, I thought to myself how right Deffinbaugh is. Not only do I see our culture not liking to wait, but I see myself doing the same thing. I get impatient when I have to wait for something or when something is delayed. However, when it comes to setting my own schedule, I have no problem delaying things.
For example, I get bothered, or at least concerned when someone does not call me back right away, but at the same time, I tend to not get back to people right away. Although I am trying to find that opportune time to call them back, sadly, I am doing the same thing that bothers me.
Secondly, when I request something from someone, I assume, or maybe even expect it back right away with a response. However, when I was asked to write this column for the Herald Journal, I responded I would, but then it took editor Ivan Raconteur’s persistence and patience to finally get me to sit down and start typing.
In scripture, we are reminded numerous times not to delay in responding to God and His love. God is continuously knocking on our doors, wanting to come into our hearts and lives (Revelation 3:20).
Sadly, we sometimes find ourselves delayed in opening our doors to Him. Like the examples I shared earlier, we make excuses for why we are delaying our response.
When it comes to responding to God in faith, we must not delay. Unlike Wimpy from “Popeye,” who always said, ‘I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today,” God wants our payment (our time, talent, and treasures) today. In return, God will give us something better than a hamburger; He will give us His very life.
Therefore, next time when you see our culture’s impatience about scheduling appointments, returning phone calls, paying for things, etc., remember to ask yourself, “Where is my relationship with God?”
Am I going to keep making excuses why I am delaying my response to God’s love?
Shouldn’t we be glad to pay our lives to Christ now, for an opportunity to be saved today?
Do not wait to answer His call. God is knocking on your door. Don’t delay . . . open it.