September 30: What Took You So Long?

Read 2 Peter 3:1-18

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

“What took you so long?” You have probably voiced those exact words at some point in time. Your expectations were that the person would have shown up long before his/her actual arrival. But, the person didn’t come…and didn’t come…and didn’t come. In fact, you may have begun to doubt whether he/she was coming at all. The person promised, but where is he/she?

Have you ever had similar thoughts about the coming of Jesus? Peter reminds us in this chapter that there will be last day cynics who will cast doubt on the Second Coming of Christ. If you are not careful, you may buy into their rationale. It has been a long time and He still hasn’t come. In fact, it seems like life in this world just continues to roll on the way it always has. But that is faulty thinking. Just as God interrupted the “never changing” flow of time in the past with the flood, so too He will interrupt it with destruction during the tribulation and transformation afterward. And in the midst of that, Jesus will return!

God is One who keeps His promises. Although you might have expected the return of Jesus by now, keep in mind that His patient delay is allowing more and more people to come to Him in repentant faith (vv. 9, 15).

So what should you do while you wait patiently? Peter says, “…make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with Him.” Live a life of purity in anticipation of His coming. But, you should also participate in His plan of reaching as many as possible. Share the message of Christ sensitively, boldly, and clearly with others. Jesus will indeed one day return, and you and others you reach will be so glad you did!

sbk

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