Tuesday, December 17

Wanting what God wants for others

Scripture: 2 Peter 1-3, John 1

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. 9 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.

Observation

While discussing the Lord’s return and the delay between promise and fulfillment, Peter reminds us of two important truths.

First, God’s view of time is different than ours.  A day is like a 1000 years, and 1000 years is like a day.  God is above time, a concept that is very difficult for us to wrap our brains around since we are time-bound.  But it is important that we remember this when wrestling with issues of timing, like this one.

Second, God’s delay is actually His patience with us.  He doesn’t want anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.  God is actually doing something much bigger than we imagine.  He is not dallying, but working to see that everyone is saved.  God’s desire is that no one perish, but everyone repents and is saved!  God’s heart is so much bigger than mine!

Application

Today, I want to remember that every person I meet is someone that God desires to be saved.  For God, there are no throw-away people.  I want that to be true for me too.  I want to want for others what God wants for them.

Some Christians believe that God has destined some people for heaven and others for hell.  I believe that God desires all people to be saved.  Will they?  Sadly, it doesn’t seem so.  But God never stops working to that end, and is more patient than we can imagine.  So I want to join God in His desire for all people and His work to bring them to repentance.

 

Prayer: Help me to see people as You see them, and help me to want for them what You want for them!