Why doesn’t God just end injustice? If our Father knows about all the unfair things that happen in our communities and in our lives, why doesn’t he just push the “end the world” button today? The answer to that simple question is simple—because God loves people who don’t love him just yet.
The other day I had coffee with a young woman who didn’t understand what had happened to her. “I haven’t been using drugs, Pastor,” she beamed. “I don’t even want to. And I haven’t been hooking up, Pastor. Wait; can I tell you that? And this Bible app. I’ve been reading it every day.” I smiled in celebration with the angels in heaven. This lost soul had been found, saved, and changed.
Here’s my point—That just happened. If Jesus would have come back six weeks ago, I don’t know if she would have been ready for his return. Every day God is doing that same thing, opening people’s eyes to their need for Jesus and the gift of eternal life through faith. But God’s desire to save more people means that we, in sacrificial love, have to wait in this broken place, trusting that God will bring justice and truth and love soon.
Would you wait for their souls’ sake? “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).