Not willing that any should perish
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. 2 Peter 3:9
I like the way this verse is phrased in the New Living Translation. It says: The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but He wants everyone to repent.
Apparently, Peter was getting a lot of questions about when Jesus would return for His people. He explains that the LORD is not procrastination or forgetting about the promise He made to return. He is being patient for our sakes. It’s not His will that anyone should perish, but His will is that all people would come to repentance. This is good news for us today on many levels. First of all, if He had returned after He ascended, we would not be here to be a part of His return. Second, there is still hope for our loved ones and those we care about to come to know Him personally. Lastly, the prophecies of the old testament would not have been fulfilled. Many of God’s promises to His people have been accomplished since the time Peter wrote this letter and the scripture plainly says that He will not come until all is completed. Jesus Himself said in Matthew 5: For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
So many things happening in the world today are pointing to His soon return. We do not know when, but we do know the time is near, closer today than ever before. This doesn’t mean that we just sit back and wait. Even if it looks like all things have been fulfilled, God is still moving. Nothing has changed in regard to our purpose either. Jesus told us to go and make disciples and we know it is God’s will for all to come to repentance, so our job is to tell all people how to do that. Introduce everyone around you to Him and tell of His goodness wherever you go. While there is still time, He will still save.
Today I want to encourage you to share the love of God with someone who may be needing to hear some good news. You don’t have to look far to see lost and hurting people. Extend your hand and offer hope to those who are feeling hopeless. Show the love and compassion of God to those who need a help. Walk closely through life with those who stumble and can’t yet stand on their feet and make these last days of our time on earth to count for all eternity!
Today’s scripture reading: 2 Peter 3:1-9