O Lord, How Long?


It’s almost too much to bear. I want to do more; I want to do so much more but I do not even know where to start.

I hear about the evils of the horrific sex trafficking and wonder now how people can be so wicked. And yet, this practice (undoubtedly inspired by demons) rakes in untold billions of dollars every year as pedophilia becomes more and more accepted in our society, much in the same way homosexuality became increasingly accepted decades earlier.

A year or two ago I watched videos of Planned Parenthood executives boasting about the dismembering and selling of baby parts and thought, “Surely Congress will take action against this atrocity.” Instead, I watched as leaders of the Republican Party supported the continued funding of this vile organization with our tax money. A couple weeks ago, I saw Democratic Senators celebrate the defeat of a bill that would have at least stopped the wicked practice of abortion after twenty weeks. How can these things be?

I delayed posting this article because of the Florida school shooting.  My heart grieves for the families who lost loved ones and for the students who are scarred with memories of that day. Senseless and brutal killing fill our world in the horrors of abortion clinics, in the churches of Nigeria, Egypt, and Sutherland Texas, and with the nonstop killing propagated by terrorists throughout our world. And now, even in our schools.

So I write for the few that will read my ramblings, I pray for the Lord to intervene, I look to what Scripture says about the last days, and I wonder, “How long?” Is this not what the Lord said would happen before His return?

Perilous Times

I like the New King James Version reading of 2 Timothy 3:1, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come.” Then the Apostle Paul goes on to describe the people of the last days as “heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Tim. 3:3-4, ESV).

For all the evils I listed above to become so prevalent in our world, these things must characterize many people, do they not? For those involved in the sex trade, do they not need to be “brutal” and “treacherous” to say nothing of the strong demonic influence over them? Absolutely! Do these traits not also describe the doctors at Planned Parenthood who spend their days torturing and murdering precious little bundles of life?

The problem of violence in our world is a heart and spiritual one. The rejection of Jesus and His words has opened the door for increased violence and demonic activity. It will only get worse as our society turns more and more away from the promises of our Savior and continues to see life as a product of godless evolution rather than as a gift from God to be valued and cherished.

What Is the End of All This?

When I look at the evils and violence in our world I feel much like Habakkuk when he voiced this complaint to the Lord regarding ancient Judah, “O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you ‘Violence’ and you will not save?”

The Lord’s response to the prophet was basically this; He saw what was happening in Judah during the time of the prophet and would respond appropriately to the all the wickedness and violence.

God later gave Habakkuk a vision that I believe also applies to the Lord’s still future outpouring of His wrath upon sinful humanity. The Lord said this about what He would show to the prophet, “For still the vision awaits it appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay” (Hab. 2:3). In other words, God would have the last word on things then, He will have the last word on all the evils that is happening in our world today.

To me, at times the Lord seems rather slow to respond to the wickedness and violence in our world, but I know His day is surely coming.  In the meantime, the Lord is graciously giving time for believers to wake up and watch for His coming and for those outside the faith to repent and become heirs of eternal life.

Back in the 1970’s as I read God’s judgments in the book of Revelation, I wondered what would cause the Lord to be so angry with humanity as to pour out His wrath in such a great and terrible way. As I look at the world around me today, that question no longer enters my mind.

Instead, I ask the same question that the Psalmist asked, “O Lord, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked exalt?” (Psalm 94:3).

It’s not that I desire for God’s judgments to fall or for people to suffer; I do not wish these things on anyone. What I desire is justice for those who cruelly and viciously murder the unborn and for those who engage in all aspects of the vile behavior associated with sex trafficking.

The Lord will have the last word on all these things; count on it!

Scripture tells me two things in this regard. First, God will respond to the wickedness and violence in this world. Someday, perhaps soon, the Lord will have the last word on all these things. Count on it! And when He does they will wish they had never been born.

Second, many prophetic signs indicate that the day when the Lord pours out His wrath on sinful humanity is rapidly approaching. However, this day is being held back only by the Lord’s patience to give as many people as possible more time to repent. Jesus said earth at the time of His return would be like the days of Noah (Matt. 24:37-39). That was another time when God saw that “the earth was filled with violence” (Gen. 6:11). Does this not also sound like today?

Just as He intervened in the days of Noah, He will do so again. Please do not be like the scoffers of 2 Peter 3:3-9. Recognize the reason for His delay and watch!

I am thankful for the Lord’s patience with me and with humanity, but still I ask, “O Lord, how long?’


11 thoughts on “O Lord, How Long?

  1. Fran Cole February 17, 2018 / 4:59 pm

    Exactly what I have been feeling and praying about myself and also wondering “How long will you tarry Lord?” I know his patience is so much greater than mine,and I have an unsaved husband who of course thinks me a great fool for believing in “fairy tales” and such nonsense. I realize that he has a decision to make just as I did years ago…but that its his decision and I can’t make it for him,just keep praying he wakes up in time and thank the Lord for His patience,but Oh how I long to see Him and see justice and righteousness restored to this earth and sorrow and pain and tears wiped away!

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  2. Joe Zatko February 17, 2018 / 6:10 pm

    I also have been asking how much longer Lord until that glorious day!

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  3. Karole Fedrick February 17, 2018 / 6:40 pm

    Thank you, Jonathan. I am grateful that God is patient and merciful not wanting any to perish, because I have friends and family members who are perishing today. But the constant, wide-spread, horrific suffering (especially of innocent children) has gotten to be too much to bear.

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    • Jonathan C Brentner February 18, 2018 / 9:29 am

      Thanks for your response, Karole! I agree that what we see today is getting too much to bear!


  4. Francesca February 18, 2018 / 2:41 pm

    We are indeed living in “Perilous” times. Almost daily, I ask the Father to hasten His Son’s coming. The people that I meet, their hearts are SO HARDENED they want nothing to do with our Saviour and soon coming Lord.


  5. Elizabeth Slaughter February 19, 2018 / 7:44 pm

    My mind is pre-occupied with such thoughts every day – The dilemma lies in wanting God’s mercy for the unsaved but also justice for the wicked & an end to suffering – Moreover, so many Western hearts are indifferent to it all –
    The grief seems almost unbearable to me at times – Maranatha!


  6. istallion March 7, 2018 / 12:10 pm

    I agree, God’s patience always amazes me. As we wait for the fullness of the Gentiles to come in (ROM 11:25), we, the Church, just have to be ready to have the answers to the seekers and to have the love for our neighbor when they need some. But I will end my thoughts with this word….. when He does return to set up His Millennial Kingdom and every knee bows and confesses Jesus is Lord….oh happy day not only for all of mankind who passed the test, but also for all the animals as well. The curse is lifted……….. Hallelujah !

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