2 Peter 3:14–15
14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you,
Take a moment to re-read the underlined phrase, “and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation.” Let’s ask a question: How many plans does God have for mankind? What is God’s plan saturated with? At the end of life, what do we really hope that God gives us? For eternity, what are we going to be thankful to God for?
If you are an environmentalist, don’t put the earth above the Creator and His plan for us which has nothing to do with this earth. If you are a vegan don’t put your health above God’s eternal plan for your soul. If you are a Democrat don’t put social good above God’s plan for those you are caring for. If you are a Republican don’t put God’s plan above a better government. I hope you get the point here; God’s plan is salvation. He is longsuffering toward mankind because He loves us to salvation. When we die He wants us to know His salvation. While we live He wants us to know His salvation.
Not only is God’s plan for us salvation but He is longsuffering towards us until we get it. I thank God that as a teenager I recognized His longsuffering with me. Bev’s husband, George, is glad that weeks before he died he recognized God’s longsuffering with him. It does not matter when we recognize God’s longsuffering with us toward our salvation, what matters is that we do recognizes it and surrender to His mercy and receive His grace in this life.
God’s longsuffering toward us is salvation. Peter wrote this; Paul wrote this; we are to understand this. Take time to meditate on this today.
Last night at prayer meeting we spent time trying to focus on the face of God. We looked at four verses including Psalm 27:8 When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.” It was a most unusual exercise yet a wonderful exercise. It is our goal on Wednesday nights to meet with God not just pray to God. We desire that our asking will grow out of our seeking of God’s face, our worship of Him.
I plan to bring a message Sunday morning from Isaiah 36-37. If you could take time to read these chapters beforehand you will get more out of the message. Be in prayer with us for Sunday morning.
Have a great day in the Lord, PS