Why so long? (II Peter 3)

But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. II Peter 3:8

To the little boy it seemed like hours since his mother placed the cookies in the oven. Every few seconds he would ask his mother, “are they finished?”  Finally after what seemed like an eternity to him, but only twelve minutes in real-time, the cookies were finished.

In our lives it is often this way.  We find ourselves in places of craving, places of urgency, places of desperation, or places of impatience.  In these places we cry out to God, “how long?”

Through the last twenty-one hundred years of church history there have been many times when God’s people have read II Peter 3 with a heart that is crying out, “how long?”

Certainly our day is no exception.  We are living in a nation that is both in self-destruction mode as well as self-deception.  We are destroying the moral fiber of our nation and no one is willing to take the blame.

But be assured there will be a day when we will all come before the judgment bar of God.  You ask, how do you know this to be the case?  The Bible tells me so!  Peter points us to two realities that confirm the coming judgment of God.

  1. God has already once before, in the days of Noah, judged the word for its sin, Vs: 5-6.
  2. God is patiently holding back judgment until the set day of His Second-Coming, Vs: 7-9.

Maybe you are thinking, “if this is true, then why has He not returned?  Why so long?”

Here is why, God does not want any man to face eternity under His wrath!!!  Yes, it is true, God desires all men to be saved.

How can self-destructive and self-deceived people come to the knowledge of the truth?

You and I are called to live a life of holiness before the world.  You and I must be willing to live among such people sharing the hope of the gospel with all people.  You and I must start living as if this world will not last forever.

How long Father?  His answer, “until our work is done.”

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