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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

THE PATIENCE OF GOD

2 Peter 3:9 New Living Translation
“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.”
       Peter is writing this second letter to an unspecified group of believers.  It comes roughly 2-3 years after his first letter. This portion of his letter speaks of Christ’s Return.  It should be noted that The Last Days prior to the catching away or rapture of the church as spoken of in scripture began once Jesus ascended into the clouds in front of the disciples.  His followers had every reason to believe that his return was imminent.  Nearly 2000 years later we still look for his return in the clouds.  What’s taking so long?  Why must so many suffer such great persecution in the meantime?  Only God knows his purpose and plan for mankind.  That may seem like a glib answer, but it happens to be true.  If we believe everything happens for a reason and that God is always and forever in control of all things, then there must be some eternal purpose for all that transpires in this life.  Even the random killings that are taking place now.
       To us the wait is excruciatingly long.  Of course we are the same ones that almost have a heart attack if we have to wait in a grocery line for more than 5 minutes.  It’s taking so long in our estimation because the Lord doesn’t wish any to perish.  He doesn’t take delight in any soul being cast out of his presence for all eternity.  Yet there will be many people who simply will not listen.  Our time schedule doesn’t even come remotely close to meshing with God’s.  As scripture states, to God a 1000 years is like a day and a day like 1000 years.  Therefore, if we wish to keep our sanity intact we must accept that God knows what He’s doing and continue to wait.  What other choice do we have as believers in Christ?  We can always renounce our faith in Christ and go back to the same place we were before.  Of course, scripture speaks of that in 2 Peter 2:21, “It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life.”
       The Lord is waiting for people to turn to Him.  Do you know that person you simply cannot stand; God’s waiting so that person has every opportunity to repent.  That goes for any and all of those folks that rub us the wrong way.  They deserve every chance to make the choice of all choices.  What are we doing to lead people to Christ? Ask him if you could be doing more and then listen for the still small voice of his spirit.  It’s part of what we have been called to do.   Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resource: The Life Application Study Bible; Tyndale House Publishing. 

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