Saturday, September 25, 2010

3 Nephi - Chapter 29

2 And ye may know that the words of the Lord, which have been spoken by the holy prophets, shall all be fulfilled; and ye need not say that the Lord delays his coming unto the children of Israel.
Of course this verse means that just because we might like to procrastinate the day of our repentance, there is no reason to suppose that God will procrastinate the day of His coming.  He is not going to delay His plans to accommodate the slowness with which we respond to His invitation to come unto Him.

I think though that we might look at this verse another way.  There is no need for the righteous to sense any sort of delay in His coming.  If we choose, He will come into our lives and bless us with His grace today.  In a very real sense, we may enjoy His coming now, not in some uncertain future day.  I've been known to say at someone's passing that the Second Coming, just came, for him.  I don't say that much any longer.  I'd rather say of the person who has diligently sought a change of heart, who has been born again, who has exercised faith unto repentance; that the Lord has not delayed His coming in that man's case.  He has already arrived.

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