“But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” 2 Peter 3:8-9
God lives outside of the constraints of time. He isn’t sitting around with His apple watch constantly checking how much longer it will be until He will keep His promises to us. The past, present, and future is all now for Him. God doesn’t feel impatience at waiting for something to pass. He isn’t stressed by the slowness. He knows it is right and that the waiting is for our good. He knows that in the timeline of eternity our waiting is less than a second.
In this word from 2 Peter, we hear Peter talking about the return of Jesus. People were impatiently waiting on Jesus’ second coming. They were annoyed at the idea that God would make them wait on His promise. But Peter reminds us that God has everyone’s best interest in mind – not just mine or yours. He wants to give everyone the best chance at coming to Jesus and that takes time. This idea of waiting isn’t just relevant to the promise of Jesus coming again, it’s applicable to all the promises we are waiting on God to fulfill in our lives.
Are you waiting on a promise from God? Are you waiting for His provision, protection, or presence to be revealed in your life? Are you anxious and worried about whether or not He will actually come through? God is faithful. He will keep His promises. He loves us enough to make us wait for just the right time when His name will be glorified, and our need will be met in abundance. He doesn’t want to rush into what we think is best in the short term, He will wait until it is best for everyone – not just you or me. He sees eternity and He sees everyone’s lives laid out in full before Him. He knows what is best for all and will do what is best for all. Our response is to trust that He knows what is right and that the waiting is for our good.
In what area of life are you waiting today?
Author: Anne Bosarge