2 Peter 3
Advent is a season of waiting. Waiting is hard. Really, really hard. Especially when things are falling apart all around you. At first you truly believe the promise that things will get better. It gives you hope and gets you through those rough days. But them time goes by. And more time. And even more time. You grow weary, cynical, and more receptive to other voices that may be telling you a different story.
Peter’s letter is to people who are waiting. It had been roughly 65 years since Jesus left. The expectation was a quick return by Jesus. Instead, things seem to be getting worse as the years drag on.
False teachers use this waiting to try to convince the people that Jesus isn’t coming back again ....why keep striving to live a Godly life?
Peter continues to implore the displaced believers to hold fast to the Truth, God’s promises, and the hope they once had. “But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (2 Peter 3:8). Time isn’t purposelessly dragging on in God’s eyes. He isn’t bored or discouraged by the waiting. He sees the beautiful, perfect fulfillment of it all. He knows we will one day see it was worth the perseverance in the waiting.
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9). What the false teachers are trying to throw in their face as a reason not to believe, Peter calls mercy. We ALL have someone in our lives that is perishing. God was patient to wait on us and He is patient to wait for them.
Perhaps in some way our pain and our waiting is part of a bigger story; a redemption story that we just can’t see yet. Don’t grow weary in the waiting. God’s promises are good and true. God is patient and God keeps His promises.
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