Some days I think there is no hope for some people. They are so oblivious to God, to the love of Christ, and to all things spiritual. For them, darkness seems so dark, and their lives so sad.
Close to home, I watch one particular member of our family do things that derail herself. She makes choices that put her into dark moods and depression. She will not listen to anyone, and maybe cannot listen. I cry out to God and wonder if He is listening, if He is going to do anything for her. I sometimes wonder if she is beyond even His help.
Every time I think that way, God comes back with something like, “I have this under control.” This morning I cried to Him again, and lest I think that His usual response is only my wishful thinking, this time He gives me an amazing example from His Word.
In Revelation 5, God shows the Apostle John a vision of the glory of heaven and of future events. He shows John His throne room and the risen Christ, the Lamb of God who is “worthy to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing.”
As John sees this, he also hears the praises of a multitude, “And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: ‘Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!’”
He heard every creature, all of them, every living thing. God will make His glory known to every creature! How could I think He is unable to open the blind eyes of one person on my prayer list!
Philippians 2 says the same thing as Revelation 5. There Paul first refers to the great sacrifice of Christ as He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death on the cross. Then he says, “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Every knee, every tongue. No one is missing. If, at the end of time, God can bring everyone to acknowledge who He is and who Jesus is, then He can open the eyes of one person to do that same thing—whenever He wants.
My problem is wanting it now, but He just smiles and says, “Wait, wait for My time; it will be the right time.”