Thursday, 24 November 2011

Be careful of waiting fatigue

We've all had to wait for something. It could be waiting to pick a friend from the airport or for a home appliance to be delivered. It could be waiting for a child to be born. The expectant could arrive earlier or later than expected. Anxiety sets in when the expected time passes and there's no sign of them. Doubts begin to set in. Will he/she come? Your mind keeps wondering and all kinds of negative thoughts set in.

In some African cultures it is said that if a woman spends too much time during labour it means she had done something wrong. The people around her will begin to encourage her to think deep if there's something she might want to confess. The point is no one wants to wait more than expected.

There appears to be waiting fatigue surrounding the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Several years ago while on evangelism with a group of students, a young man said something about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ which I've still not forgotten. The young man told us that if Christ was being pushed on a shopping trolley from heaven to earth he would have arrived by now. He told us it's complete false that Jesus will come gain. Sadly, many people share the views of this young man.

You can call Jesus all kinds of names you like, but a liar wouldn't be one of them. Therefore, I believe when Jesus said "...people will see the son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory. He will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens". Will you be one of his elect?

The anxiety of waiting can be distressing and sometimes impatience can cause us to make a decision that we'll regret later. After waiting for your home appliance to be delivered and no sign of it's coming, you might decide to storm out in frustration only to come back in few minutes to find a note saying, sorry, we missed you. Don't storm out yet lets Christ come and find you've disappeared.  Just as people find something useful to occupy themselves while waiting, Christ knew the anxiety of waiting hence he recommended that we occupy till he comes, Luke 19: 12, 13.

Some of the things you could do while waiting for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ are;

  • Hold firmly to the word of God
  • Submit to his Lordship
  • Accept his moral standard
  • Depend on his strength
  • Live in constance relationship with him.

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