Dear friends, don’t let this one thing escape you: With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:8-9)
Many people through the centuries have asked the question, “Why doesn’t Jesus return to earth now and take us on to heaven?” The answer is quite simple: He wants more people to come to repentance and be saved, rather than to die in their sins and spend eternity in hell. The Lord thinks from at eternal perspective. He thinks outside of time. That is why to Him one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like today. He is not slow. He is patient.
The delay in Jesus fulfilling His promise to return is not because He is slow at keeping His promises, but it is because of His great patience with those who have not yet trusted in Him as Lord and Savior. The thing the Lord wants for us more than anything else is for people to turn from their sin and turn to Him for salvation.
What about you? Do you have the same heart that God does, a heart desperately wanting people to be saved? Do you care about the eternal destiny of your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers? Do you care about people around the world who don’t yet know Christ? God cares for them.
As you pray today, pray for people that you know that do not know Christ. Be patient and steadfast in your prayer for them. Don’t give up on them. God is patient and we should be too. Ask God to show Himself to them, and to speak to them of their need to trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior. And if God gives you the opportunity, have a conversation with them about Jesus today.