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.

Welcome to Reborn Church

On behalf of our entire team at Reborn Church, welcome! Reborn Church is on a mission to love Jesus and others, radically. Formed primarily as an online church, Reborn Church is a continuation of the ministry we’ve been engaged with for about a decade. Reborn Church, formerly My Emanuel, is the next step in our deepest desire to make the name of Jesus know around the world. 

Over the next several weeks and months we will be updating our website, solidifying some operational needs, and launching new ministries as God leads. You can connect with us in 3 primary ways: Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube. Reborn Church has 3 primary missions as a church:

  • Proclaim the name of Jesus and the certainty of salvation through faith alone in Jesus alone (Romans 10:9). You may hear this referred to as “evangelism”, and this is a huge part of who we are as a people. We want the whole world to have the opportunity to know the good news of Jesus (John 3:16).
  • Encourage, challenge, and equip followers of Jesus to fully devoted disciples. You may hear this referred to as “discipleship”, and this is also a huge part of who we are. We are doers of God’s Word (James 1:22) and we feel led to encourage and equip others to be too.
  • Equip and send out disciples to proclaim the name of Jesus in their community and throughout the world. You may hear this referred to as “missions”, and this is the 3rd pillar of our mission as a church. We believe it is the duty of every believer to share Jesus with those they love, know, and interact with (Matthew 28:19-20).

Over the next few weeks we will be taking care of some important foundational statements and proclamations. What do we believe? What will we do as a church? How can you get plugged in and engaged? All those are important questions. Let us start here: we believe that the Bible is the inspired, God breathed, perfect revelation from the Creator of the Universe to mankind. We believe that all Scripture is perfect, profitable, and useful for teaching, correcting, and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17). 

Please contact us at socialmedia@wearereborn.church if you have specific questions, prayer needs, or we can serve you in some way. If you see references to “My Emanuel” throughout our site, images, etc., remember we are the same ministry. We have an abundance of tools, articles, devotional resources, and more at the My Emanuel website and encourage you to take a look around.

Be on the look out soon for us to address a few questions:

  • Why “another” church?
  • How can I get involved? 
  • What can I be in prayer for about Reborn Church?

Until then, may our good God bless you, sustain you, encourage you, and strengthen you, in Jesus name, amen.