The Lord Will Come Again!
By C. H. MacIlravy
For centuries the Church of Jesus Christ has been longing for His second coming. He will come in the clouds for His bride. She is longing for Him to come. She is loving and looking for His appearing. She is watching for the glorious day of His presence to break when she will be forever with the Lord.
Do you know what paves the way for the Lord to return? It is deep humility and repentance. Even as our Lord humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross, so must we humble ourselves and become obedient to the death of the cross (Phil. 2:8). Wherever there is anything lifted up between us and God, there must be real humility before the Lord comes and spans this separation.
Let us lay our wills down at His feet, that His will may more closely encompass us. Let us yield that He may purify and fashion us into His own glorious image. Every power and every faculty – all, all must be His and for Him alone, for Him to use as He pleases.
Truly, “The night is far spent, the day is at hand” (Rom. 13:12). Already we begin to see faint signs of the dawn. As the shadows and darkness of the sin and iniquity of the world increase about us, we are homesick for our Father’s house. As it is always darkest just before dawn, so the perilous times in which we are living proclaim the near Coming of Christ.
Dear Lord, bring down everything that separates us from Thee. Hasten and come down over every obstacle, over all our weaknesses and shortcomings, over our unbelief and slothfulness. Prepare us for the day of Thy Coming, lest it break, and we are found unclothed, and not ready to go in to the marriage supper. Precious Lord, draw us nearer Thy bleeding side. Lift us higher, ever higher into the atmosphere of Thy presence and the revelation of Thyself and Thy love, until faith is lost in sight and Time merges into Heaven and Eternity. Then shall we praise Thee throughout endless ages that Thou art ours and we are Thine.