I always know I am not in school when the last time I opened my Word program was for the previous week’s blog post. That is my sure sign of relaxation in full swing. Another sure sign of relaxation and no school for me is I have a lot more time to think and meditate on God’s word.
Lately, I have been meditating on the verses:
“so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” – Philippians 2:10-11.
To be honest, I still struggle to trust God with certain areas of my life. I continually pray that He may help my unbelief. Nevertheless, the above verses are not one of my areas of lack of trust in God. I wholeheartedly and firmly believe the above occurrence will take place.
I have thought about it heavily in the recent weeks of no school. Perhaps, it is because I have more time to my thoughts. Perhaps, it is because my church has spent some time reading Philippians for the advent season. Perhaps, it is because I am constantly reminded that we are but vapors in this world and our time on this earth will come to an end sooner than later.
Or, perhaps, it is because I am thinking of those close to me and mere strangers who do not know God. From my perspective, we live in a world filled with people who want nothing to do with God. If anything, they want to vehemently, knowingly reject Him.
As Owen Strachan states:
“But here we unlock the true mystery of Christian faith: our God is so great He saves even wretches like us, who oppose Him and His good Word.”
It is incredibly difficult to wrap my head around God being so gracious and merciful to sinners, like myself. But, it is not difficult for me to wrap my head around His justice and wrath.
As I’ve shared before on this platform:
“Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord.” – Romans 12:19.
In other words, the verse in Philippians alludes to this exact notion of God’s character. God will ensure that even those who have rejected Him the most here on this earth will proclaim He is Lord, even if they come kicking and screaming.
Despite what some may believe, God will not take everyone home in His Second Coming. But, He WILL make every knee bow and every tongue confess He is Lord.
I know what I just said may be off-putting and harsh to some. But, God has placed a deep burning in my heart to share that truth.
For, I look forward to His Second Coming with joy and anticipation. In fact, I often have to remind myself just as Paul told himself in prison:
“But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake.” – Philippians 1:23-24.
Therefore, as much as I want to be home with Jesus in eternity praising His name forever and forever, He is not finished with me yet here.
Furthermore, it is at this moment I remind you all again, even though God is a God of vengeance, He is also a God of undeserved grace and mercy.
He is a God who wants to know us intimately and personally.
He wants to put a deep desire in our hearts to know Him more and tell others about Him.
He wants to renew a right spirit within our souls.
He wants to transform our lives.
Most importantly, He longs for us to spend eternity with Him.
My call to you is this: Reevaluate your heart and life. Are you right with God? Has God placed a yearning in your heart to come to Him that you’ve ignored? Please, do not hold on to the possibility of tomorrow.
The Second Coming will come like a thief in the night. I hope and pray that you will not declare His name and bow to Him upon kicking and screaming. I hope and pray you will enter the moment with joy, adoration, and reverence for the great God who loves us more than we could ever deserve.
If you want to know more about God’s greatest gift to sinful, wretched souls like myself, feel free to reach out to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, you can read this post here.
Come to Him with joy, dear friends. Come.
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I pray God would bless you and be with you always, no matter where you find yourselves in life.
He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. – Romans 4:25 (NIV).