Daily Devotional – Tuesday, July 6, 2021
“A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. 9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think.” (2 Peter 3:8b-9a, NLT)
Peter is writing to people who are impatient for the Lord’s return. “What could possibly be the cause for delay?” Jesus had promised that He would return and the people were eager to see the fulfillment of that promise. He had given them a glimpse of the future, but after years of waiting and in the midst of persecution, it seemed slow in coming.
Many feel the same way today…2000 years later! But we must remember the next part of Peter’s message. God isn’t being slow; He’s being patient—for our sakes. Even though Peter is speaking of Jesus’ return and the final judgement, can’t the same principles be applied to our everyday lives as well? As Christ-followers, we know that the day of Jesus’ return to the earth is unknown; our service should be spurred on by the possibility of its imminence, yet also tempered by perseverance, as we may yet have to wait another 2000 years before God’s chosen time for judgement. In the meantime, God provides us with good works to be accomplished, goals to achieve, people to be reached. Yet, even in these things, we can become impatient.
I have been recently challenged with the idea of God’s ‘leisure time.’ Unlike His children, He has no need to rush, no cause to be anxious or impatient. Why? Because He’s the Architect. He understands not only the final product, but the steps required to get there. We get all excited when God gives us glimpses of the blueprints—His plan for us as individuals, our congregations and His overall Creation. And, whereas we are restless to collect the harvest, God knows all that must go before—the finding of suitable soil, the breaking of the ground, the watering and nourishing, the care of tender plants, the removal of weeds, the maturing of the grain—all before the farmer can go out and reap the rewards.
When God provides a vision, be ready for what appears to be a delay. There is almost always a requirement to wait as God puts things in order. Think of David, anointed to be king as a teenager, yet the promise remained unfulfilled until the age of thirty…after many years of serving a king who waffled between recognizing David’s loyalty to wanting him dead. David had opportunities to take matters into his own hands and cut short the waiting time, but he would have been trading God’s best plan for what appeared to be a good one of his own. Instead, David committed to waiting and allowing God to work out the details. We are called to do the same. Ever faithful in our perseverance and ever watchful in our expectation of God’s fulfilling His promises.
~ Pastor Jane
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First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!