Living in the time of God’s patience

Every day a woman I know wakes up, looks out her window, and says, “One more day, Lord, one more day.”

She’s referring to the fact that Jesus hasn’t returned yet. As a result, we have—at least—one more day.

There’s a lot of speculation about when Jesus will victoriously return to judge the world and make everything new again. In addition to wondering when it is going to happen, people wonder…

Why is it taking so long?
What’s the delay?
Why isn’t it happening sooner?

These questions get louder as the world around us stumbles more and more like a drunk coming out of a pub at midnight.

But 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV) gives us the answer: “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.”

God works on his own timetable. He’s not in a hurry like you and I are. He is patient with us, not wanting anyone to perish, and instead wanting people to turn from their sin and brokenness and embrace his promise, eternity and goodness in Christ.

Maybe his patience is for someone you care about.
Maybe his patience is… for you.

The Mennonites have a saying: “We are living in the time of God’s patience.” In light of those words, Jesus’ delay isn’t because God doesn’t care, but because he does.

And since God cares about the spiritual well-being of the people and world around us, so should we.

By Matthew Ruttan

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