2 Peter 3:8-10 (NKJV) But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
Reading God’s Word for me is like wandering down a path finding little treasures along the way. I don’t always know what I am looking for or what to expect, but there is always something to be found. When I am hungry – He feeds me. When I am lonely – He joins me. When I am lost – He leads me. When I am broken – He heals me. When I am confused – He gives me confidence again. There is so much to be discovered in stolen moments spent walking and talking with our Father, Creator, Lover and Friend. In Genesis, it talks about the Lord coming in the cool of the day searching for Adam and Eve. Of course, God knew that they had fallen yet still He came looking for his beloved now broken people. I find it so comforting that even when we lose our way – God looks for us. He just wants to be with us despite our faithlessness and brokenness.
Stumbling across 2 Peter 3 today, I think of all the promises that God has faithfully delivered. In the moments after recounting them, my person tells me how selfish I am to even entertain thoughts of those still waiting in the wings. Words spoken years ago that have not come to pass. The enemy wants me to believe that I am unworthy. Well, honestly, I was never worthy of God’s Love and Affection in the first place. The acceptance I have is because of Jesus Christ alone. I can do nothing to ever earn or deserve His Love. He just wants me. Desires me. Covets my reciprocated love and devotion. God is longsuffering toward us. His primary objective is to swing wide the windows of heaven and crash open the door so that His Kingdom becomes our home. The Kingdom is abundant. It begins with righteousness and the overflow is ridiculous. Yet we must focus on what matters most. Seek first the Kingdom…so the verse goes.
God will never allow a blessing to overtake our soul. He wants to spend eternity with us. It says, “Not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” Religiosity can sometimes make us mistake rightness for righteousness. If we use God’s Word to our advantage, it may cause us to miss out on the magnificence of grace. If I adhere to God’s Word line by line and precept by precept, I will lived a blessed, prosperous and successful life. But if I do so unaccepting of God’s Love for me or becoming a conduit of His Love to others, I have nothing at all in the end. The delay of your promise today is not that God’s Word is not working for you, but it must work in us first.
2 Peter 3:1-2 (NKJV) Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior…
Beloved. This means that the Lord is speaking to us. We are the beloved of God. I now write this second epistle. Perhaps, the message is not clear in the first letter. (In both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder)… The word “pure” or “eilikrines” literally means “tested by sunlight.” It is when something is held up to the light to expose any flaws or impurities. In the New Testament, it refers to testing of our heart, mind and soul ethically or morally. God wants to bless you. He wants to prosper you. He always begins the prosperity promise in our soul. As our soul prospers, the rest of our life does as well. He is testing us because He loves us. The Goodness of God shatters impure vessels. Those with unresolved issues, full of falsehood, impurity and hidden motives will be completely and hopelessly shattered if God did not withhold His Glory until we are ready to receive it. It is that good! He is that big! I would rather live penniless and in poverty only to step into heaven and standing on streets of gold. But I don’t have to…
2 Peter 3:17-18 (NKJV) You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
God loves you. He has not forgotten the plethora of promises that He has in store for you. He doesn’t grow weary in well-doing – we do. It is important to live in the Light of His Love each day. To journey through life like taking a long walk with a close friend. Sharing stories, confiding problems, sharing burdens, listening to each other and spending time together. This is righteousness. Getting so lost in Jesus that if He is missing you feel loss and long for Him. This is how Kingdom doors are unlocked and the windows of Heaven thrown open. We cannot walk in the Light of His Love without transparency that gives us the opportunity to allow the Lord entrance and His Spirit to help us through repentance, restoration, revival and renewal. There is nothing that I want or have that compares to my desire for Jesus. I am blessed. On those days that I may forget and allow fear and doubt to corrupt my confidence and contentment – the Lord reminds me what this is really all about. His Love for me. My love for Him. Doing life together – forever.