Sunday, March 4, 2018

Lent - Mar 5 - 2 Peter 3:9

S u s a n   W e i l

2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slow

to fulfill his promise as

some count slowness,

but is patient toward you,

not wishing that any

should perish, but that all

should reach repentance.


The first thing I see in this verse is that the Lord God does not want anyone to perish. It gives me hope for my family - that God desires their salvation and He is working that they might give Him their lives.


What is interesting is that salvation is not the promise spoken of in today’s verse.  Peter writes about 30 years after Jesus’ resurrection and this verse is about the promise of Jesus’ second coming.   The people thought Jesus would have come back by then and were beginning to turn away from the faith.  What would they be thinking today, when almost 2000 years have passed?


God’s Promises are peppered throughout Scripture.  From as early as Genesis 3 the Messiah is promised.    Abraham and Sarah waited 25-30 years for Isaac. Egyptian captivity: 400 years.   40 years in the wilderness. 70 years in Babylon.   Each time The Lord God made good on His Word!!


What promise of His are you waiting for?


In 1996 God gave me a vision to move to NC.  So we bought property and put our house up for sale.  In June of ’97 nothing had happened.  So, I asked the Lord if I had misunderstood His call.  That very night I read Habakkuk 2.   Verse 3 says, “For still the vision awaits its time; it hastens to the end - it will not lie.  If it seem slow, wait for it;  it will surely come, it will not delay.”    That verse made the waiting much easier; and, it’s incredible what the Lord accomplished in the one more year before we’d be in NC.  


While we wait, God is doing more than we could ever ask or think.  Trust Him, He is faithful.


Susan Weil


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