Read 2 Peter 3:1-18
My siblings and I used to pester our parents beyond belief on road trips. We would ask them often and repeatedly “Are we there yet?” Another hour would pass and then, “Dad, are we there yet?” This happened for hours until one of my parents would turn around and finally say, “We’ll get there when we get there!”
We Christ-followers tend to anticipate the Second Coming of Christ with the same kind of impatience. We read about how epic it’s going to be while we sit here, waiting. “Is He coming yet?” Logically we question. “I mean, it’s been a good two thousand years since He left. Do you think He forgot about us?” I find myself questioning God’s timing. What is He waiting for? Part of me is so eager to get to Heaven that I can hardly wait for Him to come back victoriously through the clouds.
Second Peter 3 sheds some light on these questions. The Christians Peter wrote his second letter to must have been grappling with the same issues.
Peter cautions all of us in verse four by saying there will be people who mock Jesus because it will be a long time before His return. His reasoning is simple. “For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that, by the word of God, the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water . . .” There is no need to question God because He is all-powerful. He has it under control. His timing is perfect! “But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day” (v. 8). God’s timing and our timing are separate. He exists outside of time, unaffected by it.
Peter urges a different mindset in verse 9. “The Lord is not slow about His promise . . . but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish . . .” He is waiting because there are still people to be saved! God doesn’t want anybody to die apart from Him. He wants all to accept forgiveness for their sins. Sadly, the reality is not everyone will.
You and I are called to live expectantly, living in preparation for the day of His return. Despite our waiting, God will still come back by surprise (v. 10). Is this going to be a happy surprise for you?