When God Seems Late

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. (2 Peter 3:8 NIV)

Has it ever felt like God showed up late or was absent when you needed Him? Confession… I’ve felt this way before. For some reason often we pretend like we don’t struggle with doubt and moments of weakness but I haven’t met a person yet who hasn’t in their life at some point.

As I’ve been reading through the Book of Exodus, the story of God’s miraculous deliverance of the nation of Israel from Egypt through His servant Moses, I’ve been captivated by the thought: God’s timing is not our timing. For hundreds of years the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob suffered in slavery and bondage in Egypt. For doubtless hundreds of years as they cried out to God in their despair it must have felt as if God had forgotten them.

Do you ever feel like that? Like “God where are you?” Does God ever feel distant, far away, or unconcerned with your life? The Hebrews found out exactly what you and I should never forget: God is never unconcerned with our suffering. In Exodus 3:7 we see God proclaim to Moses: I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. Today I want to remind you that even when God feels far away, distant, or unconcerned, none of those things could be further from the truth. 

As I read the historical records of the Exodus, I thought about another time where God “seemed late”. Lazarus, a dear friend of Jesus and the brother of Martha and Mary (also dear friends of Jesus) was sick and dying. In the Scripture we see a very concerned Martha and Mary send word to Jesus: “the one whom you love is sick” (John 11:3). Martha, Mary, and Lazarus were loved by Jesus and Martha and Mary knew that Jesus had the power to heal their dying, desperately sick brother.

If you read the story in John 11:3-27 (which I strongly urge you to) you will see that God’s timing, plan, and purposes don’t always match our own. After receiving the urgent word of Lazarus’ pending death, Jesus waited… four agonizing, painful, heartbreaking days as Mary and Martha watched (powerlessly) their brother Lazarus die.

Just like God did with the national of Israel, Jesus did with Lazarus. Though God showed up 430 years after Israel expected Him and Jesus showed up 4 days after Martha and Mary expected Him… He was right on time. If you read the Exodus story and the story of Lazarus you are going to see the same conclusion… God is faithful. We can trust His timing. Even when Jesus is 4 days late… He is right on time.

So what’s the application for you and me? Don’t lose heart. Don’t give up. Continue trusting God even when His timing seems off. Trust His faithfulness. Continue to pray. Continue to seek His face. Continue to keep the faith.

The Nicene Creed

One key question that so many are sure to ask is: what does Reborn Church believe? You can view a list of FAQs about Reborn Church at https://wearereborn.church/im-new/. In addition to our confession of the Apostles’ Creed we also confess the Nicene Creed as a church. We confess the Nicene Creed to be a accurate, Biblical reflection of our core, fundamental beliefs as a church.

The Nicene Creed, according to Know the Creeds and Councils of the Church by Justin S. Holcomb, is the “most famous and influential creed in the history of the church, because it settled the question of how Christians can worship one God and also claim that this God is three persons.” A creed is at its core a set of belief statements that we believe to be true as a church. 

The Nicene Creed:

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, but whom all things were made. Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church*. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and life of the world to come. Amen.

*The holy catholic and apostolic Church indicates the true church of Jesus Christ across all time and history. This is not to be confused with the Roman Catholic Church or any specific denomination. 

The Apostles’ Creed

One key question that so many are sure to ask is: what does Reborn Church believe? You can view a list of FAQs about Reborn Church at https://wearereborn.church/im-new/ but one key belief is our confession of the Apostles’ Creed. According to Know the Creeds and Councils by Justin S. Holcomb, the Apostles’ Creed “is the oldest creed of the church”. At its core, a creed is simply a series of belief statements. As a church, we confess that these belief statements are Biblical and represent key beliefs we share as a church.

The Apostles’ Creed:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and buried; He descended into hell. The third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church*; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting, Amen.

*The holy catholic church indicates the true church of Jesus Christ across all time and history. This is not to be confused with the Roman Catholic Church.