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 is patient toward us. His plan for us include Him patiently waiting for us to recognize our need to change. He has a plan and a purpose for our lives, and He is working to cultivate the heart that needs to carry out the work He intends for us to do.
God knows our heart. He knows how impatient we can be, and so He gave us a book of stories that span thousands of years. Scripture is full of stories of God patiently waiting for His people to change. Abraham and Sarah are only one example of God’s patience. Through them, He wanted to grow a nation of people who would live faithful to Him, but Abraham and Sarah were not ready when He first came to them. Over time, He patiently cultivated the faith He wanted to see in His nation. He is doing the same work in us. As we go to Him with desperate pleas to see something happen, He is patiently cultivating a heart of faith in us.
God knows as we try to wait patiently for Him to work out His plan, we will experience heartache and walk through some desperately confusing and painful times. He knew it was going to be hard for us even before we did, and because He loves us so, He gave us words of comfort. He gave us prayers and songs in scripture to sing while we wait for Him to respond to our prayers. Those words reveal His compassion toward us as we wait. The psalms are full of comforting words for impatient waiters like us. He knows His timing can seem like an eternity to us, so He provided us with words to comfort our hearts.
God gave us a book to help us wait - open it. Read His stories and use His prayers. He will grow your faith through it.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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