Verse of the Day Devotion: 2 Peter 3:9
“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9
Peter here is answering a question coming from those who are mocking the Christians, in this case focusing on those who state the following, “and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” 2 Peter 3:4. You can hear the mocking attitude in these statements. ‘You keep saying He’s coming, but where is He?’ they might say.
However, Peter answers this with verse 8. “But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.” 2 Peter 3:8. Time has no effect on God. He is eternal, both past and future. Because of this, a day is like a millennium and vice-versa. In fact, He resides outside of time, for time does not exist outside of this created universe.
In the focus verse, Peter is saying that God is not slow concerning His promises. He is not delaying anything. He will come back at the appointed time. He is patient toward us. He is slow to bring the punishment because this shows proof that He desires all to come to repentance. He is not rushing His return but giving enough time for all to be saved. Men will not have any excuse. This shows His loving kindness. He knows the end from the beginning, but His slowness is a sign to us.
God does not want any to be condemned and thereby perish. He loves us too much. He gives everyone the opportunity. It is up to us to accept Jesus’s work providing justification. He gives us all the time we need.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.