Most applications of the word “slow” have a negative connotation; not normal, not like everyone else; different and somehow less than.
Well not in a biblical context. When we read 2 Peter 3, slow is a very good thing.
The apostle cautions us about people who mock the Lord and believers for their confidence in Him.
“First of all, you must understand that in these last days some people…will mock you and will ask, “He promised to come, didn’t he? Where is he? Our ancestors have already died, but everything is still the same as it was since the creation of the world!”
2 Peter 3:3-4 GNB
Many believe that the great God of the universe is slow. Imagine the audacity.
They forget that God is the holder of time; He created it.
This same God chose to carefully create the world over a six-day period instead of instantly.
Was that slow? Or was that measured?
We need to be careful not to fall for such fallacies.
God knew what He was doing then. And He knows what He is doing now.
Time, as it exists for us, does not exist in the same way for Him.
“But do not forget one thing, my dear friends! There is no difference in the Lord’s sight between one day and a thousand years; to him the two are the same.” 2 Peter 3:8 GNB
In fact, we ought to be grateful for the seemingly-slow pace at which God is moving.
“The Lord is not slow to do what he has promised, as some think. Instead, he is patient with you, because he does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants all to turn away from their sins.”
2 Peter 3:9 GNB
To be honest, if God had come years ago, I have no doubt as to where I’d have been.
It’s been said that all good things must come to an end.
One day, things will speed up.
“But the Day of the Lord will come like a thief.” 2 Peter 3:10a GNB
No one tends to see that coming. From the victim’s perspective, it happens instantly. But not for the thief. He had been making preparations, possibly for quite some time.
The difference with God is that He gave us a heads-up. We’ve been told what is going to happen, whether we wish to believe it or not.
We have no excuse.
“Since all these things will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people should you be? Your lives should be holy and dedicated to God, as you wait for the Day of God…And so, my friends, as you wait for that Day, do your best to be pure and faultless in God’s sight and to be at peace with him.” 2 Peter 3:11-12 & 14 GNB
God’s schedule, while a mystery to us, allows us time to get our lives in order; to reach others with the good news of salvation.
By no means should it be used as an excuse to drag on our sinful living while saying that we still have time.
“Look on our Lord’s patience as the opportunity he is giving you to be saved…” 2 Peter 3:15a GNB
Remember the thief. You never know when he will strike. Neither do you know the day of your death.
Pretty sobering words at the start of the new year, I know.
But do you know how many people have died since 12:01AM, January 1, 2020?
You’re still here because you’re reading this. Don’t delay.
If you don’t yet know God personally, pray now and ask Him to make Himself known to you. Literally just say those words. No fancy prayer is required.
Next, pick up a Bible and begin to read. Again, pray and ask for discernment.
Then, ask God to direct you to someone who could help – a local church, a Christian friend.
And for those of you who once walked with God, turn back to Him while you still can.
That grudge or that hurt that you’re carrying – ask him to help you to let it go. There is no human worth missing out on heaven for. Trade your burden for God’s.
“For the yoke I will give you is easy, and the load I will put on you is light.”
Matthew 11:30 GNB
And to those who know God yet are living carelessly; one foot in and one foot out…we cannot sit on the fence.
“No one can be a slave of two masters; he will hate one and love the other; he will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both…”
Matthew 6:24 GNB
You’ve heard it said, “There’s a heaven to gain and a hell to shun.”
We must choose.
Dear Father, thank you for your gift of time. Help us to use it wisely – to ensure that we are right with you and to encourage others to do the same. Help us not to fall into Satan’s snare of thinking that you are slow or that you have forgotten about us. Instead, help us to live every day for you. In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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