2 Peter 3:8–9
8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
Because the scoffers were so strong in their attacks against the coming of the Lord, because they told the Christians that since the Lord delayed in His coming that He really wasn’t coming, Peter goes on to explain God’s perspective of time.
As human beings, we are creatures of time. We are born on a date and will die on a date. We live in 24 hour days and 12 month years. We set alarms to get to places on time and work until the clock strikes a certain time. We measure our lives by years and events in time.
God is not a creature of time, no; He is the creator of time. As the creator of time, God lives above time and is not limited by it. So when Peter says that with the Lord a day is the same as a thousand years that is exactly what he means. God is not concerned with our timetables. God is concerned with His plans and His people of His creation. He is not enslaved by time but lives above it and apart from it. Time is for us, not for Him.
So, when people complain about the Lord delaying His coming, they don’t understand God’s perspective of time.
Secondly, Peter reminds his readers that God will never slack off on even one of His promises. If you make a promise in time and miss the time you have slacked off on your promise. Not so with God. In God’s world, He is never late and He is seldom early yet He does His work at the exact time necessary to accomplish His will. Trust God with the time of your life. He will keep all of the promises that He has made toward you.
Finally, God, in His timetable, is not willing that men should die apart from Him. God desires that all would be saved. Therefore, it is within God’s will that we pray for all to repent and come to the Lord to be saved. We do not know who will and who won’t be saved but we can be assured that God desires that all be saved and can thus pray for those who need to be saved.
In that vein, pray for men and women to come to RU to be saved. God desires to save the addicted and their greatest need is Jesus Christ. Pray with us today that God would bring prepared hearts to RU tonight so that as they hear the wonderful liberating gospel they would be saved.
Pray for Pastor Bill’s community services today that in them those who need the Savior would be saved. Pray for those who know the Lord to be strengthened by the Word given.
Pray for Sunday. I will be bringing a message from Isaiah 33 on the treasure of the fear of the Lord. Prepare your hearts for this service. We will also be observing the Lord’s Table.
Have a great day in the Lord, PS