God’s not slow!
Scripture reading for November 18th: 2nd Peter 3
Have you ever wondered if God was watching the events of this world? Do you sometimes feel that God is slow to respond to the cries of His people during times of testing or persecution? These questions plagued the church in Peter’s day as well as ours. Peter closed this last letter with advice that relates to believers of all generations and cultures!
“First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ He promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word, the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.” (2nd Peter 3:3-7)
Peter went on to teach that “the Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2nd Peter 3:9) God is merciful and patient. He would rather see men and women saved than to see them destroyed. He judged the world the first time with water. He is now waiting until the final judgment by fire. Today is the day to buy your “fire insurance”! Call on Jesus Christ to save you and become His disciple!