2 Peter 3: 8-9
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 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.
I began this series by discussing “On Purpose.” I discussed how you can’t believe in God and coincidences at the same time and how He is able to do exceedingly and abundantly ABOVE all that we think or ask. Our faith is based in purpose and not probability. God doesn’t move according to what makes sense to us but according to the standards that He’s set for us to abide by, in order that we remain close to Him and out of harm’s way. With that being said, while we live life on purpose with God, we must understand and be aware of His timing. 2 Peter 3:8-9 is one of my favorite scriptures to dissect.
“A day with the Lord is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”
What the Lord is telling us is that His timing is different than ours. He is on His own schedule. Anywhere in His word where timing is being discussed, we must operate in God’s time frame and not our own. For example, there are many times throughout the Bible where it says, “the day of the Lord is near.” Many historians and theologians have tried to piece together when Christ’s return will be and there have even been times when people have become panicked because of these accusations (*even though a Christian should NEVER be panicked because we are saved by grace through faith). So, then, that begs the question: what is “near”?
The truth is…near is near. God meant exactly what He said when He said it. He’s not slow, He didn’t forget, and He’s not a liar. He’s extremely patient with us and He understands that the minute Jesus returns, it’s judgement day and many will perish. Because He’s a just God and He’s not a liar, He’s going to keep His promise that those who have believed in Him through His Son, Jesus, will not perish and have eternal life and relationship with Him, but those who haven’t believed will not. The Lord means serious business and your life on earth is just as serious as your eternal life.
Whatever promises God has made to you, just like your salvation, you can rest assured that it will come to pass. If He’s promised you something and you’re still waiting on Him to deliver, believe that everything you’re growing through is happening on purpose. He promised that no good thing would He withhold from you (Psalm 84:11) but there are things He’s withholding FOR you. 1 Corinthians 3:2 says, “I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.” This was the Apostle Paul speaking but these are God’s words. There are promises that He would love to pour out into your life but everything happens on purpose, whenever that may be. Only God knows when you’re ready and mature enough to receive the blessings that He has for you. The very same reason that Christ hasn’t returned is why you haven’t received what you’ve been hoping in the Lord for.
You’re. Not. Ready.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”
We must understand God’s understanding of time as we continue to live life on purpose. We must continue to believe that our God is an on time God. The only thing that God forgets is sins, not promises. Hold fast to all them in which He’s spoken to you, and believe that your time is near. All of the time that you’ve spent waiting on a breakthrough will be like a day with the Lord when you choose to believe by faith that you’ve acquired what you’ve asked of Him. It will be like a day with the Lord when you choose to place your faith in His time and not your own.