“The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” (2 Peter 3:9 NLT)
God may have seemed slow to these believers as they faced persecution every day and longed to be delivered. But God is not slow; he just is not on our timetable (Psalm 90:4). Jesus is waiting so that more sinners will repent and turn to him. We must not sit and wait for Christ to return, but we should realize that time is short and we have important work to do. Be ready to meet Christ any time, even today; yet plan your course of service as though he may not return for many years.(Tyndale Study Bible)
I was listening to the radio the other day when the DJ’s began saying that Jesus was born 2000 years ago. It suddenly struck me that it was not such a long time ago. If we have to think of God’s time and how old the universe is, it’s not long at all.
What amazes me is how rapid technology has developed in the last while. Think of the past 50 years how things have moved. As Christians, we should have done more to embrace and use this technology to our advantage, just as the world has in the last while.
Let’s go back a whole century. What did you have to do to communicate and get a message to someone? It was a slow and hectic process. Today, I can post something, and if interesting enough, it will go viral and reach millions of people within a matter of days!
My concern is that we end up rushing everything because we are living in this fast-paced society. What helps with everyday aspects is to be patient in all our activities. My wife sometimes gets frustrated with me because I take too much time to complete certain tasks. People, however, tend to neglect and rush things rather than take the time to do a job perfectly, and with that completion, comes the reward of fulfilment in that task.
The business world is especially demanding, and patience is critical along with capitalising on opportunities. God has started a work in us which will be revealed in His time. And, as the writer says, we are not on the same clock as the Lord is. That does not mean we should not plan for the big things to come in all aspects of life.
With God all things are possible.
“Lord I pray for patience. Amen.”