The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
God Gives Time To Repent
One of the most incredible attributes of God is the nature of His longsuffering, patience and love allowing men to find themselves and salvation. The Lord is the creator of the universe and He brought forth the world by speaking. When He said, “Let there be light,” light was formed. Through His immense power Jehovah fashioned every star that fills the night sky and placed the sun just the precise distance from the earth so not to burn it to a crisp or envelop it in a frozen wasteland. From the dust of the ground man was formed and woman was fashioned from the rib of man. The power of God is revealed day unto day in the created world. What is forgotten is His most imminent force of judgment that will come upon all men yet held in reserve to allow men to find salvation in Him. It is easy to look at the condition of the world and wonder why the Lord does not return and destroy the evil nature of man. Wars continue to rage across the face of the earth, injustice and cruelty fill the lives of millions and the moral compass of humanity is turned to its own pleasures and wants. There will come a day when the Lord Christ will return with His mighty angels taking vengeance on those who do not believe in the Father and refuse to obey the gospel of Christ. Until that time the incredible power of God’s longsuffering heart continues to grant all men another day to find redemption.
The patience and longsuffering of God is not measured by the wisdom of man. His delay in bringing about judgment does not suggest He has forgotten what He promised. Every time a rainbow appears in the sky the Lord is reminded of a promise He made thousands of years ago to Noah that He would never destroy the world by a flood. However, the promise of final destruction has always been in the mind of God and His Son boldly proclaimed a coming judgment where the world would come to an end. In the early church the disciples believed that judgment would come in their lifetime. It has been two thousand years since those promises have been made but man should never think God has forgotten. The delay is not forgetfulness but grace. In His infinite mercy the Lord is allowing man to exercise his free will to find the truth of salvation in the word of God and come to the Lord in obedience. Every day that begins and every year that starts anew is the testimony of the Lord God that His longsuffering continues.
It is not the purpose or design of God to destroy man. His intent and desire for all men is to be saved. Man was created for the glory of God. All that man is declares the nature of the divine as he was made in the image of his creator. Man is an eternal creature designed to live in a world without end. Housing man in the fleshly tabernacle was only a temporary means until the eternal was realized. The love of God is expressed in the knowledge that He does not want or desire any of His creation to perish in eternal flame. The expectation of the Lord is that all men would repent; suggesting all men have a nature that requires repentance. Sin is the problem and all men fight the battle of sin. Repentance is when man turns away from sin and turns to God. Most men will refuse to give up their lusts and die outside the covenant of the Lord. That is not what God wants but if man is intent on rebelling against his only hope of redemption then he will be lost. In the last and final day no man can say to his creator that he did not have opportunity to learn of God, obey the gospel and inherit eternal life. The longsuffering of God will testify to the veracity of God’s claim for justice. Man is the one who refused grace. Jesus became the sacrifice that all men could come to the Father and enjoy eternal life. The longsuffering of the Lord gave every man the opportunity to find salvation. God is not willing that any should perish. Repentance is a decision you have to make!