2 Peter 3:8-9
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: For the Lord, one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow to do what he promised, as some consider slowness. Instead, he is patient for your sakes, not wanting anyone to perish, but all to come to repentance.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Forgive us when we lose the point of your word. The point of this passage is that you are a very patient God, but at the same time, there is also an end to your patience. In these verses, we hear how you want everyone to come to the knowledge of the truth, to know the love you have for everyone. What kind of love would that be if you had just programmed us to love you like robots? Instead, you want all people to hear, believe, and come to the knowledge of the truth. To know how Jesus died for all and how he paid the price for all their sins. Moreover, you patiently pause for them to come to know you and to love you in return.
The point of this passage is you are a loving, patient God, and your timeline is not always ours. So while you will wait for us, there is a time when it will end for each of us, and our time of grace will be done. You want all people to come to repentance. When we realize our sinful natures and understand there is nothing we can do to overcome any part of our sin. Our sin should condemn us to hell. But, salvation came through Jesus, who died for our sins and suffered death for us to bring us life. We recognize our sins through faith in Jesus and come to you out of love. And you patiently wait for every person to come to repentance.
Father, I pray that you would work through me today to share this good news of Jesus, that I might sow seeds of faith to those who still do not know you. So, they can come to repentance. Thank you for being patient with us. Amen.
Pastor Roger Emmons
When you focus on God’s love and repentance, you don’t have to worry about the timing. Instead, we should remember this about his timing; when the time was just right, he sent his Son.