But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: To the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as one day. The Lord is not slow in doing what he promised—the way some people understand slowness.
But God is being patient with you. He does not want anyone to be lost, but he wants all people to change their hearts and lives.
Try to be at peace with God. Remember that we are saved because our Lord is patient. 2 Peter 3:8-9, 14b-15a (NCV)
“God is patient with you…Remember that we are saved because our Lord is patient.”
I am saved because He is patient.
God is patient with me.
I am struck by ‘patience’.
Patience – forbearance – longanimity – Good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence.
For so many years of my life, I heard from religion, Old Testament understandings of a wrathful God. I heard fire and brimstone teachings, crafted to cause shame at my ineptitude. I heard John 3:16, not through the devotion of unconditional love, but through a filter of heaped coals on my sinful head.
In this wrong-mindedness, I thought God could never be truly pleased, truly happy with me. I envisioned Him to be frustrated, irritated, and impatient with my own failures and the abhorrent behavior of the world. I saw an image of shaking head, wagging finger, and tapping foot.
And then I encountered real love, arms stretched wide, and I walked through the door to grace.
I came face to face with Truth and the experience of those tiny glimpses of an immense God changed my perspective.
Today, I see the reality of His patience.
His patience is good-natured – having an easygoing and cheerful disposition.
His patience is full of tolerance – a disposition that allows freedom of choice and behavior.
His patience is bigger than any shortcomings or imperfections. It offers the chance to be found, the chance for transformation.
His patience presents the opportunity for peace.
Blessings – Julie, Vadipatti, India (written in the U.S.A.)
Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.