The Patient Father

Dear friends, don't let this one thing escape you: With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:8-9 HCSB

I have always heard that the older you get the faster time goes. I can remember as a child feeling that it would be forever before Christmas or my birthday would arrive. Now that I am older it seems that time flies. We are at the end of 2016 and it seems that only yesterday we were ringing in the New Year. The reality is that the amount of time is the same but our perception of time changes.

In these verses Peter reminds us that God lives outside of time. God is not on our timetable (see Psalm 90:4). His time is not measured by human terms. What may seem like a long time may be only a short time from God's perspective. God is like the father in the parable of the Prodigal Son who patiently waited for his son to return home. God patiently waits with the hope that all people will repent of their sins and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Challenge: We must not sit and wait for Christ's return, but we should realize that time is short. It is important for us to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with those who need to accept Him as Lord and Savior. We must live our lives in such a way that we are always ready to meet Christ, who may come at any moment of any day.

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