Read 2 Peter 3:1-13.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
Ever since the birth of the Christian church, people have been anticipating and questioning when Jesus might come again or when the Last Days of God’s judgment will happen. Jesus said that day would come upon us like a thief in the night, when we least expect it. Be ready anytime.
Others mock the idea of a day when God will set everything right in an age of perfect justice where He will “dry every tear from their eyes.” Even in the time of the New Testament people were mocking the idea. According to these verses from 2 Peter, people were asking why Jesus hadn’t come back yet. Doesn’t that prove that our hope is in vain?
But Peter says that God is waiting to give people a chance to find Him because He doesn’t want anyone to perish. He wants everyone to find repentance and forgiveness and salvation in Christ. Everyone. No exceptions.
That includes you. You may feel left out or too far gone. You may doubt that even the love of God can redeem the mess you’ve made. If you think so, you are wrong. God’s power is stronger than any of our worst messes. And His love embraces everyone who will allow it.
You are the reason Jesus has waited. Allow yourself to be loved.
Love in Christ,
Greg Burriss, Pastor
Rocky River Baptist Church
Siler City, NC