“...if waiting is the cost that they may not get lost...”
If we are only thinking about our personal cares, it is easy to just want Jesus to come and be our King in place of our present, oppressive rulers. By then, we would not need to tolerate sufferings and injustices. Nevertheless, while we will keep on praying that he returns soon, there is still that plea for a delay. A delay for what? Primarily, it is for the sake of our loved ones who we want to come to Jesus, as well. What about our foes? Well, Jesus also died for them and whether they like or not, they need him as their Savior. So what should we do while we still got time? Go tell them about the good news, right?
So, here you go, folks! Enjoy another bluegrass gospel song.
“Wait a Little Longer Please Jesus” by Doyle Lawson & Jamie Daley.
The song was written by Hazel Houser and was first recorded by Chester Smith in 1954. In 1965, the Louvin Brothers (which was the Best Sacred Group then) recorded and popularized the song. Other country singers followed suit like Kitty Wells, Webb Pierce, George Jones and Melba Montgomery, Porter Wagoner and the Blackwood Brothers Quartet, Roy Clark, The Stanley Brothers, Buck Owens and His Buckaroos, and the Hee Haw Gospel Quartet to name a few.
I like the attitude in Miss Houser’s “Wait a Little Longer Please Jesus.” She presented a balance between a believer’s longing to see her Lord reign and a concern for the welfare of those poor souls who are still wandering in sin. Hence, the petition for Jesus to wait a little longer. Will that extend our troubled days? Assuredly, yes. But as the song’s last verse said, “if waiting is the cost that they may not get lost,” then it will all be worth it.