2 Peter 3:9 – He is Patient #118

I enjoyed my week of fasting, but it is good to be back. 1 + 2 Peter have been rocking my world this past week and I knew I wanted to share from what I have been reading.

While 2 Peter 3 speaks about the end of days before Jesus comes back, I believe this verse is so applicable to our wait for earthly promises too (babies, spouse, healing, etc). Peter addresses the fact that although God may have seemed slow to the believers as they faced persecution, He is always right on time. 2 Peter 3:9 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 wants everyone to repent.”

Not only does God keep every promise He gives us, but He never delays the promise either. While He may seem slow in answering His promises, it’s because He is not on our timetable. Just as the verse before says in 2 Peter 3:8, “A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.” His perspective of time is much different than mine and yours. That means while you feel like it is taking Him forever to complete your request, He is actually working according to His time frame.

As the verse ends, it’s clear that God’s desire is for sinners to return to Him. He doesn’t want us to be looking towards the next life-goal as we wait on Him, but He wants us to be proactive with our wait and accomplish the purposes that He has set before us. He has not forgotten you or what He has promised you. In fact, He knows the exact moment when you will reap your promise, so make the most of your wait and seek to know Him in deeper relationship by returning back to Him and leading others to know and love Him.

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  • miragonz
    Posted at 10:12h, 11 January Reply

    This is a very good reminder to start my week with. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 10:29h, 11 January Reply

    How many things has He been patient for MY sake with?… wow… kinda mind blowing to think about.

  • brittanyputman15
    Posted at 10:58h, 11 January Reply

    It is so important for us to continue following God while we are waiting. Thank you for the reminder.

  • Lily Ayala (Beauty With Lily)
    Posted at 11:02h, 11 January Reply

    Okay, I definitely needed this. I have been struggling a lot with the fact that we are “taking a break” from fertility treatments. But this definitely opened my eyes.
    Thank you so much!
    xo, Lily

  • Cara Owens
    Posted at 12:23h, 11 January Reply

    I love this! God answers on his time, not ours and we must remember that. Often the wait teaches us a valuable lesson on being patient and trusting in our savior. Thanks for sharing!

  • Samantha
    Posted at 14:40h, 11 January Reply

    Wonderful reminder that our timing is not always God! I’m so glad he is patient with us!

  • Andrea
    Posted at 15:26h, 11 January Reply

    He is SO patient with us – even when we miss the boat

  • Danielle DeVane Wells
    Posted at 18:41h, 11 January Reply

    I like that – God is being patient for my sake! Isn’t that what it always is! And yet it’s still hard soooooo hard to wait!

  • Brianna George
    Posted at 22:37h, 11 January Reply

    so true…but when we are in the waiting it seems like it is isn’t a good thing. 🙂 But there is beauty in waiting!

  • elleseesyou
    Posted at 06:27h, 12 January Reply

    such a great reminder anytime, but especially in this new year!

  • Crystal
    Posted at 08:14h, 12 January Reply

    “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake.” >> I needed this! Thank you for sharing.

  • Marissa
    Posted at 09:26h, 12 January Reply

    This verse has been so important to me too – as I get closer and closer to my Lord, my heart aches more and more to have not-yet-believers in my family know Him – I selfishly want my friends and family with me in eternity (I realize that sounds funny…) Remembering His patience helps to calm the fear they won’t find Him in time, even with my prayers and efforts.

  • Cheryl Smith
    Posted at 12:15h, 12 January Reply

    Such a blessing to be reminded that God has not forgotten the things He has promised us! Oh, my, sometimes it can feel like He has forgotten, but He cannot forget us…we are engraved on the palms of His hands! Praise His name! Glad to have you back in blogland, sweet friend. 🙂 God bless you and fulfill His promises to you speedily. 🙂

  • tiffanyatouchofgrace
    Posted at 13:29h, 12 January Reply

    Girl I so need to remember this. He’s not on our timetable. Thank you.

  • Lisa
    Posted at 16:09h, 12 January Reply

    Praising God that He always keeps His promises. He is not slow in keeping them.

  • Tara
    Posted at 22:36h, 12 January Reply

    At first this verse struck me as just a nice sentiment, but it really is straight from the Word! God really does know best!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 09:26h, 13 January Reply

    I love thinking about how time doesn’t exist for God because he made it and is outside of time. To us it seems like so long, but to him it’s already happened!

  • Heather
    Posted at 09:42h, 13 January Reply

    It stands out to me that the verse says for our sake, although we would like things in our timing, He is patient with us, He keeps His promises, He dosent want any of us to perish, all in HIS timing for our sake!

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