Our scripture this morning is 2 Peter 3:8-9.
But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
Peter uses a quote from Psalms in this passage: ”For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it passes by, or as a watch in the night” (Psalms 90:4). Sometimes we may think the Lord is being slow to respond. However, we must remember that God doesn’t count time as we do.
God’s patience toward us is an example – we must wait for His coming patiently and be patient with one another. We have been told that we will not know the day of His coming (Acts 1:7, Mark 13:32, Matthew 24:36). This means we must be ready at all times for Christ’s return.
Through this, God is giving all a chance to repent and be saved. Peter states it as “not wishing for any to perish.” God’s love for us is so great He is willing to wait for us to come to our senses and make the decision to choose Him as He has chosen us.
Loving Lord, in Your mercy You made a way for us to be saved through Your son, Jesus Christ. Help us to live in active patience, sharing Your love with the world. Amen.