2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)
9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
Our God is an awesome God…Amen to that! As Christians who study the word of the Lord, we all should see how remarkable He is. We also learn that He is slow to anger and is very patient with all of us…
However, some 2,000 years ago, it seems some were mistaking His patience for “slowness” concerning His promise of returning to this world. This is the question being discussed in the verse above, so we should take a second to look at the situation.
Beginning in verse three of this letter, Peter is explaining that “scoffers” would be coming and asking questions about the day of the Lord’s return. They may have been driven to ask such questions because the church was being pelted with false teachers, promoting man-scented doctrine to its members.
Perhaps this is why these doubters were asking such questions as “where is this coming he (Jesus) promised?” They were quick to point out in verse four that ever since their “fathers died everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”
However, Jesus’ apostle is quick to point out in verse six that such skeptics of the Lord’s covenant to come again had deliberately forgotten about how the ancient world was destroyed by water because of sin. This, obviously, was by the word of God.
What’s more, in verse seven, Peter points out the fact that by the same pledge, the present heavens and earth are reserved for destruction by fire. Both of these things were meant as reminders of what had happened and what will take place in the Lord’s own good time. For with God, “a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day,” as it says in verse eight.
But the solid answer to the critics of Jesus comes in verse nine above when the apostle Peter says: “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
To repeat, our God is a benevolent and patient God. He loves us all, and He beckons to everyone to come to Him for salvation. Sadly there will always be those who will turn down His precious invitation. Still, for now, He continues to wait on as many as will come.
May we as His children remain with Him, enduring these sinful days as we walk the narrow path with our Savior. Let us influence as many people as we can to come to Him in order to avoid the final death on that day of Judgment. For make no mistake, the Lord will come again someday, riding on the clouds to bring an end to this world as we know it!
And each day that passes is one day closer to His return…
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