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God Will Not Delay

Yet a while and the coming one will come and will not delay; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back my soul will have no pleasure in him.  Hebrews 11:37–38 NRSV

God Will Not DelayGod will not delay.

Daily, Papa looked for the telegram man. He always had his suitcase packed and his traveling papers ready since he worked as a migrant farmer, traveling from Jamaica to the United States of America.

The message to depart to America always came by telegram to the nearest post office, five miles away. If my father’s cousin, with whom he traveled, received his telegram first, my father got nervous.

True to form, the telegram always came with good news, but the telegram system had the potential for failure. Delays could happen. The telegram bearer could get sick, the telegraph system could break down, or the postmistress could become incapacitated.

But believers hope in an on-time God who never fails. God has not given us a time when Jesus will return to judge the world and redeem His followers, but He has promised He will come and usher us into heaven with Him. God’s Word is secure and infallible. Jesus will return.

We must exercise faith as we await His return. We can be ready by living righteously, but like Papa, we must also prepare. In his later life, Papa said, “Have your passport ready.” He referred to a spiritual passport needed to take that heavenly trip.

How can you wait productively for Jesus’ return?  

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Norma Williams

Norma E. Williams is married and has three adult daughters. She is an educator and an ordained minister who serves in her local church. She is a graduate of Church Teachers’ College in Jamaica, Brooklyn College, and New York Theological Seminary. She lives by her high school motto, Sic Luceat Lux, and has a passion for leading others to Christ. She is an avid reader who loves to write.