2 Peter 3:4, 9 “They will say, ‘Where is this “coming” he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.’ The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
I was talking to an older man the other day who said he had given up on people. “People can’t change!” He said. I said, “That’s not true; people can change. What if God gave up on us?” He said, “He has!” I said, “That’s why he sent Jesus to die for us and he’s coming back!” He said, “No he’s not!”
Wow. I was really taken back by his cynicism but I was not surprised. He was just articulating the sentiments of many people who don’t believe that God is coming back anytime soon. In the book of Isaiah God asks the people of Israel, “Is it because I’ve been silent for so long as to why you’ve been so wicked?” The ironic thing is that often times God gets quiet when we decide to be wicked. The very thing we want may not be what we really need. You might not want God to say anything right now.
Many people have grown desensitized to the claims that Jesus will come back again. For over 2,000 years, we have been proclaiming that Jesus will return. If we go by our calendars, we can say that generations have come and gone and Jesus has not come back. But we are looking at the wrong calendar. For God a thousand years are like one day which means Jesus has only been gone 2 days. And even in him being gone physically doesn’t mean he hasn’t been here spiritually. Sometimes he’s silent because he’s waiting on us.
- The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise. God is waiting right now to release what you need but he’s waiting on you. God has been ready but it is our own disobedience that delays his action. There is provision he wants to release even as we await his ultimate return.
- God is patient with us not wanting anyone to perish. God’s delay has been for your benefit. If he were to come now I’m not sure how many of us would be found ready. The old folks used to sing, “Don’t let him catch you with your work undone!” Have you finished your work?
- Your work is repentance. The word repent simply means to turn your life around to God. Repenting is not just being sorry about the wrong you’ve done but it’s about doing the work to make sure that you correct the behavior. You must show the fruits of repentance. The Holy Spirit will enable you to live the life God meant for you once you repent and surrender.
What’s taking God so long is you! God says, “If my people, who are called by my name, would humble themselves, pray, and turn from their wicked ways then I would hear from heaven and I would heal their land!” That is what’s taking God so long. He’s waiting on you and giving us time to get it together so we will not be destroyed when he comes back to judge the world.
I’m coming back to you. I’ve been away much too long. I got comfortable in your silence and went back to my old ways. I recognize that you were giving me time to get myself together because you love me. Thank you for not taking me out before I could get out. Fill me with your spirit so that I can live the way you want me to and be faithful until you come back or until I die. Either way I know I will see you someday!
In Jesus Name,