(2 Peter 3:7-12) – ” He is patient toward you…”
God does not look at time the way that we do. As an eternal being, time is under God’s control, as opposed to us who are within time and can do nothing outside of it.
God exists and works outside the time realm. He is not controlled by time.
Many people were saying that the Lord was being slow about fulfilling his promises because of “how long” it was taking. To them, a Being as big and strong as God shouldn’t take that long to accomplish His work.
But that’s man’s way of looking at time. To God, working the same plan out in 2 days or 2,000 years is fine with Him. He can do ether one with ease.
But the Scripture tells us that He’s waiting to return for a reason, and that reason was something I misunderstood for a long time.
Peter says that God is being patient, but toward whom?
I used to think that He was being patient with unbelievers, waiting for them to repent and believe in the gospel.
But that’s not what Peter says. Remember that Peter is writing to Christians. The text says that He is being patient toward YOU. WE are the “you”.
That means that God is being patient with us. Wow! And yikes! God is waiting for His people to get their acts together and do what He has called them to do.
The impression is that God wants to return and set up his kingdom, but He is giving as much time as possible for His people to work so that as many people as possible can you come and join us.
Everything is going to burn up someday, but our unsaved neighbors and friends don’t have to be part of that.
Time is running out! Better get to work!