God is Patient [2 Peter 3:9 Daily Devotional]
This particular verse is about Jesus coming back. Back in the first-century church, most people believed that Jesus would come back within their lifetime. When that began to look unlikely, they apparently had doubts, which is what Peter is acknowledging here. God isn’t slow or behind. He’s on a completely different timeline, and he’s giving us time. He doesn’t want “anyone to perish,” but he wants everyone to know him and have eternal life.
How to Live Knowing God is Patient
Based on the context of the verse, it would be disingenuous of me to use it as an encouragement that God is never late, just on his own time. While that may be true, and your promise does await after some endurance and patience, that’s not what this verse is about.
Peter goes on to write about how you should live later in this chapter. He says that you should live a godly life fully expecting God to come back at any moment. To live that godly life, you should pray, read your Bible, and serve your community. Prayer helps you hear from God about what you should be doing. It also helps align your life to what he’s called you to do. Reading your Bible is how you can learn about how Jesus lived so you’re able to imitate him in your everyday life. And serving your community is how you apply what you learn from the Bible and will also be a way to fulfill God’s purpose for you in this lifetime.
Jesus, thank you for the ability to live a godly life. Help me to learn from you and hear from you about what I should be doing in my lifetime. Give me the strength to live for you each and every day, especially as the day of your return inches nearer and nearer. It’s in your name I pray, amen.
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