I just realized something. We are going to be doing Revelation on the last Wednesday of 2011. Now that’s funny. God’s got a sense of humor, doesn’t He?
Well, this week is II Peter. Have a word to share with us? How about dropping into the comments and joining the conversation? I John is next week! Oh, and in case I forget tomorrow… Happy Thanksgiving!
I Peter 3:9 (NIV)–The Lord is not slow in keeping his promises, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, now wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
Say it with me now: “I love this verse!” (I am aware I say that a lot. It’s true, though. I love God’s Word!) If this isn’t the perfect picture of love, I’m not sure what is. You know, God could have ended this whole thing at any point. He didn’t even have to create the earth and all of us in the first place. After all, like I said a few weeks ago, He knew what was coming before He ever spoke the first speck of dust into existence. At any time He pleases, He could be free of the pain we cause His heart.
But He doesn’t end it. Not yet. He is constantly watching, waiting for that one more soul to come home to Him, waiting for that one more confession that He is Who He says He is. Each one brings Him joy unspeakable and sets heaven on fire with praise.
I was struck by the thought just now… What if Jesus had come two seconds before I accepted Him? Two seconds before my husband did? Two seconds before my daughter did? Oh, the love. He waited on me. On him. On her. On you. On someone we may never know this side of heaven who is in this very moment crying out to Him for the first time. That’s amazing to me, that He is waiting on us. Soak that in and tell me it isn’t love… one hundred percent.