Have you ever been in a discussion with some friends and, while discussing the decay of Western Civilization, endless wars and suffering around the world, someone says “When will God do something about it?” I certainly have heard people say words to that effect or write them in emails. I can well understand this sentiment. As the negative trends accelerate globally, that sentiment is surely growing among believers. This post is intended to encourage people who have that viewpoint, and to show them the same viewpoint was held by many people recorded in biblical narratives. God will eventually “Do Something” about all the above-cited modern factors, but it appears that we may have to wait for an unspecified time for Divine action to occur.

Let’s consider several examples where biblical figures pleaded with God to “do something” in their respective lives and nations. We should first realize that God has gone long stretches of human time without apparently doing anything dramatic to show he is even there. One example is found in I Samuel 3:1. At a time when Samuel was a child and was assigned to begin working in God’s sanctuary, it is recorded that “…the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision.” My Bible’s margin says the Hebrew word translated “precious” literally means “rarely given.” It was so rare that when God called to Samuel, the High Priest, Eli, at first thought the child was imagining things. 

David several times expressed a sense of urgency for God to “do something” when David was in danger. In Psalm 40:7, David prayed “…make no tarrying, O my God.”  This wording expresses a sense that David knew from personal experience that God had sometimes not answered David’s prayers quickly, and David was pleading for God to not delay in answering David’s pleas for urgent help. In Psalm 71:12, David prays: “…O my God, make haste for my help.” David says nothing like “I really need the help Lord, but thy will be done on when you respond.” No. David’s prayer essentially could be worded as “O my God, do something…now!”  Sometimes God does answer prayers very fast. 

When the prophet, Isaiah, was sent to King Hezekiah to tell the king he was to put his affairs in order as God had determined the king was going to die. Hezekiah pleaded for an immediate change of mind on God’s part, and God did instantly change his mind. God turned Isaiah around as he was leaving the palace grounds to tell Hezekiah he would live after all (II Kings 20:1-11). This example from Hezekiah’s life also shows that when God changes his mind, there can be unintended consequences. The Kingdom of Judah ultimately would have been better off if God had allowed Hezekiah to die, and you can read about how the matter unfolded in a post I first wrote in 2017, https://stevenmcollins.com/moderns-lessons-from-kings-hezekiah-and-manasseh/. Jonah was another example of a prophet that gave a warning to the Assyrian city of Nineveh and then went to a nearby hill to watch it burn up because Jonah wanted God to “do something” (Jonah 3). The “something” God decided to do was the opposite of what Jonah wanted and expected, as my article on Jonah’s mission, https://stevenmcollins.com/articles/jonah-the-misunderstood-prophet/ explains. At the end of his prophetic mission, Jonah was furious when he realized that it was his own actions contrary to the will of God had brought about the preservation of Nineveh instead of its destruction. The believers in the early Apostolic Church also wanted God to “do something”–which was to send Jesus Christ to fulfill the prophecies about his Second Coming (II Peter 3:3-8). Peter’s epistle makes it clear that the early church should not expect the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to occur in their lifetimes but that it would be for a time far in the future. This is not what the Apostolic Church wanted to hear.

What about in our time and in our immediate future? In Revelation 6:9-11, the souls of the saints which were slain as martyrs in God’s service are depicted as crying out to God to “do something” to avenge their blood on the evil leaders of the earth who had martyred them. Modern believers want Jesus Christ’s return to occur soon as well. Jesus himself warned his disciples that in the latter days of our age, believers would not be expecting him because Jesus would return earlier than expected (Matthew 24:22, 25:1-13). Indeed, Jesus foretold that at the time of his Second Coming, faith in his return will be waning fast. In Luke 18:7-8, Jesus asks the rhetorical question: “…when the Son of man comes, shall he find faith on the earth?” This passage has a seeming contradiction in it. It states that God’s saints who “cry day and night to God” though he bear long with them (emphasis added).” but adds that God “will avenge them speedily.” This passage acknowledges that God ‘s people will long be crying out to God in prayer to “do something” but that God will delay his answer. It also says God will answer them “speedily.” I think we need to keep in mind that while we humans want God to “do something” quickly because our lives are so short and we want to see God’s interventions in our lifetimes, God is an immortal Being. Our definition of the word “speedily” infers a short period of time in human terms. However, the word can be applied far differently when it is understood in heavenly terms. While humans can read the word “speedily” and think it means God will answer quickly in our definitions of time, the word “speedily,” in spiritual terms, may mean within several generations of humans on earth.

So, when will God “do something” mighty in the latter days of our age? The prophecies do foretell that he will intervene with incredible power in the latter days just before Jesus Christ returns. Isaiah 42:14 is a prophecy that the time will come when God decides he has “held his peace” and “refrained [him]self too long and that he will intervene so suddenly in human affairs that it will have the same impact on modern mankind as the impact would be on a crowd when a woman goes into hard labor in their midst. It will be impossible to ignore. Revelation 11 reveals at least part of how God will intervene that powerfully. He will appoint two great prophets who will have the power to do miraculous wonders and they will be able to “smite earth with all plagues as often as they will.” That will be breathtaking, and you can read more about what the Bible states concerning these final two prophets in my research paper, The Two WitnessesMatthew 24:30 prophesies that “all the tribes of the earth [will] mourn” when Jesus Christ returns. Why will they do that? Jesus Christ’s return means that the age of humans ruling humans on earth will be over, and the people will surely be duped about what is really happening (Revelation 12:9). Luke 21:26 prophesies many people will have heart attacks (“hearts failing them for fear”) because of what they are seeing and experiencing. Revelation 6:15-17 prophesies that mass panic attacks will occur when Christ returns and people will want to hide in rock-dens and caves to flee from what is happening on the earth.

Mass terror will occur on earth at the end of the latter days when God decides to “do something.” When God decides to impose his direct rule on this planet he made and on the human race that he created, the powers of the heavenly realm will be openly manifested everywhere. When Jesus Christ returns, he will not be the “Little Lord Jesus” in a manger. He will lead a heavenly army of Spirit Beings which will conquer the entire earth and bind the devil and the fallen angels in short order (Revelation 19:11-20:4). Jesus Christ is coming as a Conqueror, and the “slain of the Lord will be many” (Isaiah 66:15-16). Jeremiah 25:31-33 has the same bloody prophetic message.

If you are alive when Jesus Christ returns, put down any weapons you hold, fall to your knees and welcome him. Shout out that you are willing to submit to his rule. Your submission to him will be noticed and you will be welcomed into the 1,000 year reign of Jesus Christ in a time when the conditions of Eden will be restored to this earth. All human survivors of the transition to the next age on earth will be overwhelmed and traumatized by the final events of this age. As the Millennium begins and mankind begins to stop trembling in fear, none of them will be saying they want God to “do something.”