The Lord is Not Slow

With the passage of time and advancement in technology, many traditional processes are now merely instantaneous. Take the remote control for televisions, stereos, set-top boxes. We used to have to get up to turn the channel or station. How about warming your food. My grandmother was extremely reluctant to use a microwave as opposed to the oven or stove to warm up food or water for tea or cocoa. Almost no one writes letters anymore with the advent of email. The U.S. Post Office is being challenged as its primary business is suffering. Not only are people not writing letters in the volumes of the past, people are paying many of their bills online. Many things of our lives move fast.

We want everything to move fast. In my job, those who supervise me want results, and they want them now. I admit that student performance has not been meteoric. The last time we saw that it led to a national debate on the pressure to have students perform well on testing. That pressure, mixed with money for achievement, led to the largest cheating scandal in public school history. One that we know of at least. We exhibit that urgency in mostly everything we do. We want it, and we want it now. When it does not happen in those quick time intervals, we call that person or process slow.

As Peter encouraged those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours, I want to encourage you through other Words Peter shared. Peter said, “The Lord is not Slow” I will admit that God does not move at our speed. God does not move according to our time-table. Because to the speed of our society and the desire to have what we want as soon as possible, we view God through the wrong lens. First, we don’t control God. God is God. We are not. He is not subject to our whims and wants. God is self-existent. He existed before time began. He is not bound by time as we are. God has all power and is not bound by any law of physic, nature, or person. It is those aspects of His character that baffles us.

One example is clearly seen with one of my students. He talked to me about how I handle anger. We talked about how God has helped me over the years deal more effectively with my anger. The next week in school. He asked to see me. GENIE1He simply said, “I asked God to help me with my anger, but I am still getting angry.” His expectation is indicative of our wrong view of God. He is not a genie who is there to respond to our every request instantly. That, in part, is what Peter was addressing in 2 Peter 3. He was telling the people not to be fooled into thinking that God does not fulfill His promises. He wanted them to know that God’s Judgement Day was indeed going to happen. He wants us to know the same.

“3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

The people were wanting the return of Jesus to happen in order to deal with the occurrences of the day. We learn from Ligonier Ministries that Peter’s Christian readers must realize that the apparent delay of divine judgment is a sign of God’s forbearance and mercy toward them, particularly toward the believers in their midst who have been confused and misled by the false teachers. The repentance in view, for the sake of which God delays judgment, is that of God’s people rather than the world at large. God is not willing that any of His elect should perish (John 6:39).

“Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” Peter shares that what appears to be a delay at best and a failure to respond at worst is God actually waiting on all those who are predestined for salvation to have their opportunity to be save.  We should know that God is faithful. Deuteronomy 32:4 tells us that “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.” Numbers 23:19 tells us that “God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?”

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, He is just waiting to further unveil His plan and to further bless His people. Know Him, Trust Him.


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