The Lord Is Patient

2 Peter 39 [widescreen]

Reading the Word

2 Peter 3:8–10 (ESV)

8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

Understanding the Word

Many unbelievers scoff at the idea that Jesus Christ will return as he promised. They point out the fact that it has been a long time now and there is still no Jesus!

Peter points out that what may seem like a long time to us is just a moment for the eternal God. He has not forgotten us nor will he fail to fulfill his promises to us. In fact, the reason for his delay is because he is a gracious God. He wants all to come to repentance.

Applying the Word

One day Jesus will return to this world. What if you knew it would happen tomorrow? How would it change the way you live today? How would you live if you knew you would be standing in the presence of the all-knowing Judge in just a few moments? Would it make a difference?

The Bible tells us that Jesus will return and that he will come like a thief in the night. This means he will come unexpectedly. He will come unannounced. We need to be ready for it at all times because one day all will stand before him and give an account. Take time now to call out to the gracious God who has given you time to repent and turn to Jesus Christ for forgiveness and salvation. He has delayed his return just for that purpose.

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