8 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.
9 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 3:8-9
God keeps His promises, and though the timing may feel slow to us, it is not slow to Him. It is exactly when He plans to follow through. I tend to be an impatient person. As a solution-oriented person, my thought processes are quick. When there is a problem, I have a tendency to see quickly through to a solution, and I can easily get frustrated with people who don’t move at my pace.
But not God. His timing is perfect. It’s been perfect for me, and it’s perfect for those people I pray for in my life. I have been praying a long time for some I love dearly to come to know Jesus as their Savior. If I had my way, His timing would be now. But my story has taught me to understand He is at work at all times in all things. He could bring those we love to know Him in an instant, but He wants our hearts devoted to Him. It takes time to humble us to a place where we recognize our need for a Savior, especially when our prideful hearts are filled with the comforts of the world.
The God who created this big beautiful universe keeps His promises. He promises if we pray according to His will, He will answer. I have complete confidence that praying for salvation for those I love is in the center of His will because I know He wants all to come to know Him. So I know He is at work answering my prayers every single day. My job is simply to be patient while He does the humbling work in the hearts of those I love. 13 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! 14 Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! - Psalm 27:13-14
For me, this reminder to be patient in 2 Peter 3:9 is perfectly placed just before the statement that He wants us all to come to know Him. He doesn't want to leave anyone behind. I just need to remain patient, and let Him do His work, in His time.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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