“…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.” 2 Peter 3:8 NLT
Some would say that this verse and Psalm 90:4* from which it is taken, provide proof regarding the notion that to God a day is quite literally equal to 1,000 years and vice-versa. Contrary to that thought, most scholars seem to believe that Peter’s intention was to point out that God is the master over time and that His perspective is radically different from mans. This comes into play in a variety of scenarios, one being waiting for an answer to prayer from the Lord. Our timetable is almost always out of sync with Gods. We look for near immediate answers to our queries and grow impatient when we have to wait. Delays are never denials. It’s as if the Lord is saying “not yet”. God doesn’t wish to torture us with His delays, He’s giving us a chance to engage our faith and trust in Him and His word. Once we realize that He has it all under control we can begin to rest a little easier.
What of the terminally ill person who has been praying and been prayed for regarding a miraculous healing? They die and many folks don’t understand why. They prayed. Didn’t they have enough faith to believe the loved one would be healed? Was it their fault that the person died? Think of it this way; when God heals, the person is made completely whole from the top of their head to the soles of their feet. If they die and are ushered into heaven they will never, ever be sick again. That is what would be classified as the ultimate healing. If you get healed this side of heaven you could still contract another terminal illness or suffer in some other way. God in His infinite wisdom knows the beginning from the end and knows what would be in store for the terminally ill party. If He takes them to be with Him forever then your prayers have been answered, just not in the way you would have wanted.
God knows what He’s doing. We must learn to be patient come what may and accept what takes place as His will. He only has plans to bless and never curse you. Rest in that knowledge. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Reformation Study Bible; P & R Publishing; 2010.
* Psalm 90:4 NLT “For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours.”