FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2014
They shouted to the Lord and said, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you judge the people who belong to this world and avenge our blood for what they have done to us?” —Revelation 6:10
In Revelation 6 we read about those who were put to death for their faith. They are in heaven, aware of the injustice, aware of the fact there were fellow servants still on earth being mistreated. So they prayed this prayer to the Father: “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you judge the people who belong to this world and avenge our blood for what they have done to us?” (verse 10). In other words, Hey, Lord, this isn’t right. When are You going to correct it?
Here was God’s response to their prayers: “Then a white robe was given to each of them. And they were told to rest a little longer until the full number of their brothers and sisters — their fellow servants of Jesus who were to be martyred — had joined them” (verse 11, NLT).
God’s timing isn’t always our timing. The Bible says that “He has made everything beautiful in its time” (see Ecclesiastes 3:11).
It kind of reminds me of taking a trip with small children in the car. You are cruising along, and an hour into the trip they ask, “When are we going to get there?”
What do you say? “We’re almost there. A little bit longer.”
The martyred tribulation saints were asking when they would be avenged. And God was saying, Just a little bit longer.
We say, “Lord, when are You going to come?” He says, Just a little bit longer. When is judgment going to come?” Just a little bit longer. “When will my prayer be answered?” Just a little bit longer. Hang on, now. I am in control. I am doing everything according to My perfect will.
Know this: God’s delays aren’t necessarily His denials. So keep praying.
Today’s devotional is an excerpt from Every Day with Jesusby Greg Laurie, 2013
Radio Program: “Why We Were Created — I”
TV Program: “The Best is Yet to Come, Part 2”
Bible Reading: Proverbs 13-15, Romans 11
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Used by permission from Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, PO Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514.