«In just a little while, He who is coming will come and will not delay» Hebrews 10:37, NM.
We just have to work and wait a few more years and then our Lord will come to put an end to our struggle against sin and establish enduring righteousness,» the preacher said. One of the listeners was Willie White, who at that time was only seven years old. On his way home, Willie asked his brother Edson and his friend John, «How many years would a few more years be?» John replied, «Six or seven.» Then Willie thought, «Seven and seven are fourteen, so Christ might come when I am fourteen years old.»
Willie White wrote about that experience in an article that was published when he was sixty-nine years old. Those «few more years» had already surpassed six decades and Jesus had not come. At the end of his article, written in 1919, Pastor White wrote, ‘A few more years’ is not a mere war cry; it is a fact. Let us improve every day and every hour of the time of trial that is still afforded to us.»* Over one hundred years later, we are still waiting for those «few more years» to elapse.
Jesus’s last words in the Bible include this promise: «Surely I am coming quickly» (Revelation 22:20). The book begins by announcing «things which must shortly take place» (Revelation 1:1). Later on, Jesus proclaims, «Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown» (Revelation 3:11); and at the end of the book He repeats the same phrase: «l am coming soon» (Revelation 22:20, NIV). Why did Jesus use vocabulary that emphasizes the nearness of His coming? Because He wanted His people to remain alert, so that under no circumstances we would fall into the lethargy entailed in assuming the Lord is delaying His coming. Knowing that Christ’s coming is «soon» keeps us focused on heavenly things.
«In just a little while, He who is coming will come and will not delay» (Hebrews 10:37, NIV). In just a little while, pain will come to an end; in just a little while, we will see the dawn of a new world, And that little while will come sooner if each of us decides to make the best use of the time that is still available to us and prepare for the Lord to come and put an end to sin.
When will «a few more years» be over? I don’t know. As for myself, I’m prepared as if it were to happen today. What about you?