God’s Patience!

Scripture reading for December 19th: 2nd Peter 1-3

In the last days, people will mock and scoff at God, accusing Him of not being there at all.  “God is dead” was popular some time back among the scoffers in America.  Others claim to be agnostics, not sure if there is a God at all and skeptical that man can even know Him.  Others, having the desire to completely eliminate God from their thinking, ignore history and the Bible and degrade anyone who would believe in the Creator and the prophetic warnings of coming judgment on those who refuse to believe.

“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years , and a thousand years are like a day.  The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2nd Peter 3:8-9)  God’s not hung up on time like we humans are.  He has always been and will always be.  Time for Him is not limited, but limitless!  God is not slow in keeping His promise to come back for us, but He is patient with all mankind.  He wants all to have opportunity to be saved.  He knows that all who fail to repent will perish in the Lake of Fire.  (Revelation 20:14-15)

God has great patience, even with those who are mocking Him and scoffing at His word.  He is working out His plans, which are established forever.  He has told mankind of His plans through the prophets of Old Testament time and in these last days through His own Son, Jesus Christ.  We can trust the word of God  and should be living as if what God has said will come to pass!

“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.  The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.  Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people out you to be?  You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.” (2nd Peter 3:10-12)  God’s patience will eventually give way to fulfillment of His promises.  Will you be found ready and living for Him or among the scoffers?

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