"... in the last days scoffers will come and say, 'Where is this coming he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation' "(2 Peter 3:3,4).

JESUS IS COMING

t's been a long time since Jesus touched the little children and blessed them. Centuries have passed since he told sinners they must become "like" children. Almost two millenniums have been consumed by humanity since Jesus awed the disciples with his cloudy ascension. And, as with the Israelites of old, some become impatient.

Sadly, we must admit that the mundane affairs of this life often crowd out spiritual reflection. Our jobs, families, recreations and other activities, rather than reminding us of God's beneficence, usually replace religious introspection rather than stimulating it. Why?

Why do some of us suppose that we can burn our candles at both ends, grab for all the gusto we can get and yet not give account? Jesus is just as alive today as he was when he washed the apostles' feet. His physical absence from us encourages us to operate more by faith and less by sight. The fact that we cannot, as Thomas, touch his nail scarred hands and wounded side should not keep us from crying out, "My Lord and my God!" He is still among us.

Never scoff at Jesus' tarrying. The Lord is longsuffering, not willing that anyone perish. Perhaps he lingers so our next door neighbors can hear us confess our faith in him at least once. He just could be waiting to give us every opportunity to get into the work of trying to bring others to the Lord. But the fact that he is patient with our oft apathetic inactivity is no sign that he has forgotten us.

Jesus is coming! There will be a day of reckoning. We must give account. So, get ready. Better still ... BE READY! - Steven Clark Goad