“What Took Me So Long?”

We know lots of interesting people because we’ve met so many over the years.

A lady in our church loves Jesus even though she’s a widow and within the last few years she watched her youngest daughter battle cancer. The thirty-something year old daughter died after a rigorous fight, holding onto God through the ups and downs.

Through the trials, the mom prayed more, read the Bible more, became more concerned for her family’s salvation and that of others.

Eventually her older brother became ill. He might have been in his late seventies or early eighties. She took every opportunity she could to talk to him about Jesus.

His submissive wife doted on him even though he cheated on her, gambled their money away, and liked his alcohol. His sister said to a few of us at church, “Please pray, I’m going up to see my brother. I hope he doesn’t throw me out. I have to tell him about salvation through Jesus and only through Jesus.”

We prayed as his health failed. Finally, one day he decided to repent of his sins and ask Jesus to be his Lord and Savior. “He did it! He gave his life to God!”

What joy. She glowed as she shared her story. “Do you know what he said?”

We waited expectantly. “What took me so long?”

He stayed a disciple of Jesus for the months he had left. His wife and daughter – followers of Jesus – felt such relief at his funeral. He’d found his way to Jesus, the Lover of his soul, Who never gave up on him.

Every once in a while I think of her brother’s question, “What took me so long?”

So many people I know live life without loving God and receiving His gifts of love, mercy, strength, forgiveness, wisdom, compassion, self-control, healing, provision, peace, joy, patience and the ability to go through the storms of life with Him nearby.

Gal. 5:22,23 list the fruits of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There are no laws against these traits.

Proverbs start out with a father imploring his son to listen to him and to the boy’s mother. It is one of the wisdom books in the Bible.

Why did it take my friend’s brother so long to come to faith in Jesus? Only God knows but He was faithful until the end to keep drawing the man to eternal life. How kind our God is.

2 Peter 3:9 (NIRV) says, “The Lord is not slow to keep his promise. He is not slow in the way some people understand it. He is patient with you. He doesn’t want anyone to be destroyed. Instead, he wants all people to turn away from their sins.”

This includes the interesting people and those who may be less interesting. All people interest God because He made them. He knows how they tick, as the saying goes.

Have a great day!

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