2 Peter 3:8-9King James Version (KJV)8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
How many times have we asked:
Can I trust God?
Why then am I made to wait?
Why is God not doing anything?
2 Peter 3:8-9 tells us a great deal about an attribute of God. That attribute is patience. He loves us, each and every one. He ALONE knows the grand design of the world. He knows not only the numbers of breaths we have, He knows the very condition of our hearts.
Psalm 103:8-10King James Version (KJV)8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
God is the Creator. He is the very embodiment of patience. For hundreds, no thousands of years, God has been with us. He has spoken to us. He has endured with us. He has sometimes even delivered us despite our many transgressions against Him.
However, look again at 2 Peter 3:8 as well as 9. In those same verses we are reminded that God is exceedingly patient. We are also reminded within this passage that God keeps His promises. Note though, the promise of judgement, that final call in terms of our very heart and soul remains one that God abstains from. In His loving patience, He has persisted to give us time so that we might know Him, and come to be with Him in eternal glory Amen.
We see this same promise of impending judgment throughout the Bible.
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14King James Version (KJV) Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
Revelation 20:11-15King James Version (KJV)11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
It is for this reason it is so very important we live each and every day for Christ. The good ones, the bad ones, the healthy ones…to even the sick ones. Each day we are given is another day. It is another chance to get it right with the Lord. For one of us know how long we have. Tomorrow is not promised!
Proverbs 27:1King James Version (KJV)27 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
The coming of the Lord will be sudden. It shall be in God’s timing, and likely when we least expect it. When it does, nothing will be the same!
Mark 13:32King James Version (KJV)32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
2 Peter 3:10-12King James Version (KJV) 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
When that day comes, will we be ready?
May God Bless You This Day…