Forecasters say Southern California can expect El Niño to change up our weather patterns this winter. This image shows a red and white band of warm ocean water similar to the El Niño of 1998. It feeds thunderstorms and increases rainfall, which we badly need. On the negative side there can be major flooding. Forecasters are saying we have more than a 90% chance of seeing its arrival this winter. But there are skeptics saying, “Where is this El Niño?” as the weather continues warm and dry.
Today’s verse has scoffers asking the same kind of question but on a much more important matter. The second coming of Christ has been foretold for years. Because it is a promise from God Himself, the chances of it happening are not just 90%. A promise from God is absolutely sure. Yet, when people see things continuing on in the same way, they doubt and even mock the idea.
How interesting to learn that “El Niño” in Spanish means the “Christ Child” when capitalized! The warming of the Pacific near South America often occurred around Christmas and so was given this name. Just as God’s promise of the Christ Child’s arrival was foretold and reliable, so His promise of Christ’s second coming is completely dependable. The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise (verse 9) but patiently waits, putting off His coming so that more will come to Him in repentance! His Word is true and trustworthy but He delays out of love and mercy.
Thank you Lord for waiting and help me never to doubt Your promise.