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The Patience of the Lord

November 15, 2012

The scoffers were saying that the Day of the Lord was not going to come. Nothing had changed for a very long time, so why should it change now?

Peter wrote that those scoffers were following their own desires (2 Pet 3:5). That makes sense. If we want to live a life that pleases us, we don’t want the judge to come to our door.  So we begin to believe and persuade others that he will never come. It’s like speeding because you’ve never gotten a ticket before. Or because you’ve never seen a cop on that stretch before.

Peter says that the scoffers are wrong. He uses the flood as an example. The waters which covered the earth and judged all of creation, were there long before the days of Noah. God was simply keeping them back. He had all the resources necessary at His fingertips to bring about immediate judgment. He didn’t have to create one thing to cover the earth with water.

God, in His mercy and patience kept the waters in their bounds until the day of judgment. Then He shut the ark’s door and let the waters loose.

God is being patient and gracious today. He could bring about the Day of the Lord with its judgments in a second. He has everything that He needs right now.

“The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promie as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

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