“But do not forget this one thing dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping His promises, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
— 2 Peter 3:8-9
Time sure flies doesn’t it? And it seems like the busier we get, the faster it goes.
Sociologists tell us that today’s average adult does what they call stacking. We pile one thing on top of the other, and try to do them all at once. We can eat a sandwich, type on the laptop, rock the baby with our foot, and have the phone receiver propped between our shoulder and ear all at the same time. No wonder time flies.
We humans are bound to linear time. You and I are only able to think in terms of something beginning and ending at a specific point, but God is timeless…in both directions. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. When He spoke, creation into existence. He created order, succession of events and measures of change. In other words, He created time. But with God, there is no past, present or future; there is only His timeless presence.
Psalm 90:10 tells us, “The length of our days is 70 years or 80, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.”
In the verse above, Peter tells us that with God a day is as a thousand years, and that God is being patient with us...but patient about what? Well, the Bible tells us that when God created everything it was “very good,” in other words perfect. But we rebelled against God to go our own way.
Yet rather than just destroy us and everything He had created, God in His mercy promised us a Savior, and the Bible tells us that, “When the 'time' was just right God sent His son into the world.”
Through Jesus' sinless life, His atoning death on the cross and resurrection from the grave, You and I can be united once again in an eternal relationship with God through simple repentance of sin and faith in Jesus as our Savior.
That was the first promise God patiently fulfilled to us, but He has promised another. The next time He intervenes in human history, it will be the end of the world, as we know it. Before He left Jesus said that when the time was right again, according to the Father's Divine schedule, He would return on the clouds to take believers with Him to heaven. On that day all who believe in Him will be outfitted with eternal bodies that will live outside of the confines of this human timeline forever. He will put an end to our suffering and will wipe away every tear from our eyes.
That's what God is being patient about. He doesn't want you to perish but wants you to come to Him in repentance and live with Him forever through faith in Jesus…amen.