The Bible is not silent on this issue. As we read together just a couple of weeks ago, James says, “Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.” Impatience is a form of grumbling. The danger is not really that we want things too quickly. The real danger is the underlying mindset. We are not kingdom focused. When I am impatient, I am likely missing whatever God has for me in that moment of waiting. Maybe I should be praying, maybe I should be witnessing, or maybe I should just be focused on him.
Notice also the emphasis on the passage about the second coming of Christ. God’s timing is perfect. Regardless of how or why I am delayed, it is not beyond God’s sovereignty and the unfolding of his plan. Not only should I remember this next time I am in a fast food line that is taking too long, but we should remember this in the life of the church as well. At Oak Crest, let’s “establish our hearts.” Let’s settle in for the long, hard work of the Kingdom. The timing of it all is his timing, not ours. As we are patient and diligent in the work of glorifying God through evangelism and worship and discipleship, he will be faithful to bring the fruit each day of our lives.