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Bible Toolbox - Steve Zimmerman 12 Des 2018

In the second epistle of Peter in chapter 3 verse 8, Peter makes a very strange statement. Some people like to use this out of context: But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. What is he talking about? A thousand years is a day, a day is a thousand years? What Peter is trying to say is that God is patient. He is the One who created time itself. He's not governed by time. He's outside of time.

If you live 60 or 70 years as a Christian you become impatient. Why doesn't the Lord come? I'm ready for Him. Why doesn't the Lord come? God is patient. In His way and at His time Christ will come, despite the people who mock and laugh and point fingers at Christians who believe in Christ. Only God the Father knows when Jesus is going to return.

Peter is trying to encourage us. It may seem like a long time. It may seem like the world is winning, but when Christ comes, time will stop. All the iniquities and sins of the past will be brought to a halt, people will be held accountable. All the sorrows and all the disappointments and all the depression will end and people will have to face their Maker. Equally for Christians all the joys and all the excitement and all the grace and love that we've experienced during our life will also stop, but we will meet our Maker face to face and our joy will be complete.

Yes, things might look bad. Yes, we may be discouraged with what's happening in the country, with politics, with injustice, with people stealing things and money gone missing and the heavy burden of taxation and the heavy burden that our family place upon us. Yes, it might look depressing and it may look that we're not winning, but we know what happens in the end. Victory has been promised to us, to all those who remain faithful to Christ.

Don't give up, don't slack off, keep doing what you need to do. Serve Christ wherever you can and however you can. That is what Peter is trying to tell us. Be patient, as God is patient. The Lord isn't really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent (2 Peter 3:9 NLT).

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