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God's Time, God's Faithfulness (Second Look)

2 Peter 3.8-9
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. 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.
For good reason, the cry “How long, O Lord?” is a recurring refrain in the Psalms (see Psalm 6.3; 13.1; 35.17; 79.1–5; 9.3) and in the Prophets (see Isaiah 6.11; Habakkuk 1.2; Zechariah 1.12). It is the cry of a troubled heart tuned to God’s glory. Those who hope in the Lord amid affliction are no less human than those who hurt apart from faith in the Lord. Like all people, believers cry for justice and deliverance; but unlike children of the world, they cry out to God as a loving Father.

In 2 Peter 3.8 the apostle offers a unique comfort. What seems to us to take so long is but a moment to our transcendent God. He is neither slow nor forgetful. He is not faithless to us. What we see here is that “eternal weight of glory” up against the “light momentary affliction” that Paul writes about in 2 Corinthians 4.17–18. In verse 9, Peter assures us of God’s faithfulness, and His commitment to finish what He’s begun with us (see Philippians 1.6), so that none of His loved ones shall perish from His eternal purposes.

God’s loving-kindness is everlasting. He will ensure the perseverance of His saints—not ultimately because we are faithful but because He is. One day Christ will return, and while the wicked will then see that their scoffing was misplaced, the faithful will then see that their hope was true.

Perhaps this would be a good time to sing the Doxology (whether you have a good voice or not) in appreciation to God for His glorious gift of salvation which is sure in Christ.

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow, Praise Him, all creatures here below, Praise Him above, ye heavenly host, Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Amen.
 
That was beautiful!

Pastor Jeff
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