Lent Devotions: Day 38
Read: 2 Peter 3:1-10
Not So Fast
The Lord is not slow about his promise. (v. 9)
Punctuality is a Western virtue. Have you heard the mantra of time management gurus? “If you are not five minutes early, you are late.” We set deadlines and due dates and often manage our calendars down to the last minute hoping to squeeze every moment of productivity out of the day. Time is a commodity to be spent well, and wasting it is a sin. Punctuality is prized, and patience is often in short supply.
God exists outside of time and does not operate on our schedule. The early church in Peter’s day was eagerly awaiting the imminent return of Christ. When Christ had ascended, he promised to return and the church lived in anticipation of that event. Yet, Jesus was taking his time. Days and years went by and Christ had not returned. People became impatient—grumbling and scoffing and saying, “Where is the promise of his coming?” (v. 4).
While God’s timing may appear slow to us, he is not slow “as some count slowness” (v. 9), but is patiently working out his plan of salvation. God’s delay in returning is not tardiness but patience because he “does not want any to perish” (v. 9). Thank God for that!
Just as Jesus Christ came in the “fullness of time” (Galatians 4:4), God works in his perfect timing. He calls us to trust him to bring all that he desires to pass. —Stephen Shaffer
Prayer: Lord, give me a measure of your patience and the wisdom to trust in your timing.