Today we wrap up Peter’s second letter to the early church. His goal was to encourage them to stay the course. Some were saying that Jesus had already returned and Peter wanted to encourage them that this had not happened and that they needed to stay strong.
One of the passages from chapter 3 that really stands out to me is found in verses 8-9: “But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” There are a couple of big takeaways for me from this.
First, my timing and God’s timing are not necessarily the same. God sees the big picture that I often miss. My concept of time is not the same as His. I may think that He’s not responding to my prayers or that things are not moving as quickly as I would like, but His timing is always perfect because He alone knows how all the pieces fit together. God is always at work on so many different things at once – I just see a small part.
The other takeaway for me is how enormous God’s patience is because His heart’s desire is for all to come to know Him. He is going to give every possible opportunity for salvation. God knows our hearts and He alone knows what it will take to draw us to Himself. He wants to be known by us and He will continue to do all that He can to allow that to happen, but the choice is ours.
Verses like these remind me of the enormity of God. He’s so much bigger than I can fathom. There are so many things about God that I don’t know or can’t wrap my mind around, but verses like these remind me of His heart for me and all those that He has created.
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