The Two Minutes

September 2, 2015
by Lynne Phipps

Romans 8:22-23 – For we know that even the things of nature, like animals and plants, suffer in sickness and death as they await this great event. And even we Christians, although we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, also groan to be released from pain and suffering. We, too, wait anxiously for that day when God will give us our full rights as his children, including the new bodies he has promised us — bodies that will never be sick again and will never die. (TLB)

I have an electric toothbrush, which does a fantastic job of cleaning my teeth and keeping my gums healthy, and all it takes is two two-minute brushings per day. Who could ask for more? And yet, some days, those two minutes seem to absolutely take forever. As I am standing at the sink, brushing away, I begin to wonder if the timer is broken. Surely two minutes must be up by now, and yet the brush keeps whirring away. And then, just when I am about to give up on the timer and manually shut the brush down, it automatically shuts itself off.

Time is a funny thing, isn't it! Sometimes, it seems to fly by, and other times, the same amount of time appears to take forever to pass. Yet when the time is up, it's up, and it's gone forever.

Likewise, as today's Scripture states, sometimes it seems like forever before "this great event" — the coming of Christ — will appear. We wait and we long for it, and perhaps, we may even begin to doubt if it is ever going to happen. We tire of being sick and stressed and in pain and seeing friends and loved ones die. We want the two minutes to be up. And the truth of the matter is that one day, it will be, for this is the promise of God.

1 Corinthians 15:52-54 – It will all happen in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For there will be a trumpet blast from the sky, and all the Christians who have died will suddenly become alive, with new bodies that will never, never die; and then we who are still alive shall suddenly have new bodies too. For our earthly bodies, the ones we have now that can die, must be transformed into heavenly bodies that cannot perish but will live forever. When this happens, then at last this Scripture will come true — "Death is swallowed up in victory." (TLB)

Thus, in light of these Scriptures, no matter what you are going through right now, don't give up. Christ is coming again. The time may seem to be dragging, but soon enough, the two minutes will be up, and we shall see Him face to face on that glorious day when He will wipe away all tears from our eyes, and there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, nor pain. All of this will be gone forever, for this is the truth of God Who cannot lie.

Prayer: Father God, thank You for the truth of Your Word that lets us know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Christ is coming again and that on that day, the two minutes will be up once and for all. Bless those today who are struggling with pain and suffering, discouragement and death, with hope and faith to wait patiently in Your strength upon Your time and Your way, which are always perfect. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

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Lynne Phipps <lynnephipps@hotmail.com>
Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    So true! Time is precious and yet we wish it away!


    Good analogy Lynne. Time is long but short comparatively.


    Beautiful. A message we can all use.
    Thanks for writing.


    Thank you very much for this most timely message…for me personally.
    Blessings.


    Thank you for today’s writing. I enjoy your devotionals and found today’s timely for me in my life at the present time.


    Praise the Lord! Thanks for your message reminding us that He is coming again. What a wonderful hope we have. Blessings,


    Lynne, thank you for providing us with an encouraging devotional. Maranatha, even so quickly come, Lord Jesus, Amen. Blessings.


    Hi Lynne: Thank You, Thank you, Thank you for this great Devotional!!!
    It is so encouraging and I’m sure will truly Bless many today.
    God Blessings to you my Sister,
    (N.B.)


    My dear Lynne, What a glorious thought. The two minutes may soon be up and our dear Lord will return.
    I loved your devotional: from the way it was structured and the scriptures you chose to bring out your thoughts.
    God bless you and may you continue to bless with your writing.


    Good morning Lynn,
    In my quiet time this morning I was just thinking how today could be my last day that today could be my last two minutes. Thank you for reminding me once again how precious life is and how short it is and how powerful the glory of God is. Bless you and your day.


    Hi Lynne, Thank-you so much for your writings. I look forward to seeing your name and what God will give you to say and today’s devotional was a real encouragement to me. I could relate to the 2 minutes of waiting but the brushing is worth it in the big picture of healthy teeth… just as waiting for Christ is the ultimate wait for everyone who believes. Blessings we will keep waiting and listening for the trumpet!!!


    Hello Lynne.
    Great Devotional. Lynne, may I add, as I was reading your notes, I thought of this: if the trumpet had sounded a few years ago, I would have been in trouble! I was not saved. I am very glad, that the God of the living, was patient. Drawing me unto His Son, so I could have the hope in Jesus that I did not have before. I trust that many have thanked God, for loving-kindness. Showing us that it is not His will that any should perish.
    (USA)


    Well done! Great encouragement!


    Lynne – those two minutes can seem like an eternity when I’m on the treadmill! Thank you for a wonderful devotional reminding us of the blessed hope of our Lord’s return. We are told to encourage one another while we wait (1 Thessalonians 4:18) and you have done an excellent job doing just that. Keep up the good writing!
    Blessings.


    Thank you Lynne,
    Once again your inspiring words give us much to think about.
    Bless you.


    Dear Lynne,
    Thank you for the great devotional on the second coming of Jesus Christ. Well-written and scriptural.
    Keep writing such deep, Biblical messages.

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