“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.”
II Peter 3:9 NKJV
God is a patient God.
He waits on His creation to recognize the great gift that He has given. We humans carry on in our sin and ignore God and scoff at the blessings He alone provides. We are surrounded by reminders of His goodness in beauty of His creation, the good things that make our sinful lives more tolerable, the pleasures we twist to satisfy our corrupt appetites and still we fail to glorify Him. So many of us fail to realize how close to hell we really are and how God’s grace keeps us from the fires we so richly deserve.
Still He waits.
Those who come to faith wonder why God has not passed judgement on those who continue in sin. We look at the world which appears to be getting more and more evil and we expect justice to be done. I have to confess that I have been one of those more often than I care to admit.
Then I remember. Many years my mother, long gone to Heaven, prayed for her son. I am thankful that God was patient. I know I was not good and that evil filled my life. I remember when my Aunt Katherine expressed surprise at my conversion. I was the last one she expected to come to Jesus.
Many of us are in that sad place where we are praying for a friend, a family member or others to come to salvation. Often these people are caught up in lives that are so destructive that we can see the damage being done even though they are blind to it. We call out to God, waiting on Him to draw them so that we or someone else can lead them to Jesus. In this situation we are glad that God is patient.
Sadly others of us are entertained by the spectacle of sinners swirling about in downspout of sin. We sit comfortable in our warm, fuzzy salvation as souls sink below the waves. “I got mine.”
Pray for the Lord to have patience for those yet to come to Him. Pray for the Lord to have patience for us that we would have the burden to not rest until we have the opportunity to share the Gospel with someone. He wants the Church to do what is right. We need to be thankful that He is patient. We have no idea what cleansing He has for us through persecution.
He is waiting…for now.
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