“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 NIV
A Call To: Repentance
Does anyone ever say “Take your sweet little time” anymore? Usually that’s the last thing we want to here in the age of right now where deadlines are fast and furious and patience is a lost art. Everything is about speed. High speed internet, microwaves, instant oatmeal, Amazon same day two hour delivery, the Disney speed pass, you name it, there’s a quicker way to do it. We don’t have to wait for much so we don’t like to wait. Afterall, who’s got time to wait?
That’s when we discover that our sense of time and speed is very different than God’s. Finishing fast, being in a hurry and shaving off time is not always a good thing. Repentance is an area for slow and deliberate speed that we can come to appreciate with the Lord.
Making changes to turn away from sin is required in order to avoid perishing. God, is making an accommodation by being slow. He is giving more time for more people to turn around and make changes because He doesn’t want anyone to perish. Lent is the perfect time to benefit from his generous patience and work on your own areas of repentance and for reaching out to others who are lost and need to be brought to repentance. It’s not God’s demand but it is certainly His desire.
Reflection: What is the Lord giving you more time to change? Who can you reach out to and start sharing your faith journey of repentance with to inspire their repentance?
Praise + Prayer: God, thank you for Your patience with me. In the speed of life I often want to rush Your timing, but I know that You have a purpose in the slowness and it’s for my good. It’s because You want what’s best for me, my family and my community. You won’t force us but You want us all to make it. Thank you for this season of Lent to work on areas of repentance and glorify You in the process.