Dear friends, don’t overlook this one fact: With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay his promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:8-9 CSB
Have you ever felt like things would be so much easier if Jesus would just come already? It is easy to think about the state of chaos that our world currently seems to be spinning, however what we see here in this text is a beautiful picture of how merciful God truly is. In a world of instant gratification, we sometimes forget how to be patient, and how to wait on God, but thank goodness that God’s mercy trumps our impatience.
These two verses are a beautiful picture of the character of God. This text demonstrates to us that God is much more merciful that we can ever comprehend, and it should give us an urgency to share the gospel. God desires His people to come to repentance. God doesn’t want His elect to perish (John 6:39).
There will be a day of divine judgement, and the fact that God is holding off on that day is a sign that of God’s kindness, especially for those who might be confused or lead astray by false teachers, which is just as much of a reality now as it was for the recipients of Paul’s letter. God is patient with us, even when, like so many other things, we don’t deserve it.
If you don’t know where to start, today I would encourage you to examine the character of God. Spend time in the word and ask God to help you see Him for who He is, and who you are in Him.
Father I thank you for your mercy, and your kindness. Forgive me when I go astray, and thank you for the gift of repentance. I thank you that I can know You through Your word, and that your love is unfailing. Thank you for the gift of eternal life and righteousness through Your Son.
What are your initial thoughts on the character of God?
Spend time this week in Ephesians 2. What does this tell you about who God is?