“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.” – 2 Peter 3:8-9 New Living Translation
When we are waiting for something to take place, regardless of what it is, that thing can never happen quickly enough for us. When we are waiting for a promise of God to materialize, we have to take into account what both the Psalmist (in the footnotes) and Peter have said; basically, our timetable doesn’t line up at all with the Lord’s. At times there are certain events that must transpire before God’s plan is perfectly lined up for us.
In the above verses Peter is specifically talking about the Day of the Lord, also known as Christ’s return. God loves each and every one of his creation so he wishes to allow enough time for everyone to repent of their sins. Everyone will not submit to God, but they will never be able to say they weren’t given ample time to decide.
Are you praying for the lost like you should? Are you praying for someone who just plain and simple irritates the tar out of you? God doesn’t wish that any would perish and neither should we. That can be very difficult, especially when certain people push every one of your buttons in an effort to drive you near the brink of insanity. Pray for an added measure of love, mercy, grace and forgiveness for these individuals knowing that God extended those things out to you when you were on the outside of the family of God looking in. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.
Psalm 90:4 New Living Translation – “For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours.”