“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 NASB
Some wonder when Christ will return and some question if Christ will return. As mankind considers time, we often place God on our timetable. Many question the foretelling of Christ coming back because many have spoken about His return and many are awaiting His return. In 2 Peter 3, Peter describes how man is indulging in lustful desires and doubtfully mocking the return of Christ. In verse 9, Peter also describes the incomprehensible patience of God and His love for mankind. In the book of Peter, we are shown that the delay of Christ’s return may appear as slow and questionable to the human eye, but Peter tells us that God is patient to those that need to come to repentance. God does not desire that any should perish.
The love, mercy, and compassion of God are so great. In His holiness, He knows that frail, unrighteous, rebellious, and sinful humanity, would need to be saved from the judgment of wrath that is to come. God desires that all come to repentance. Many will continue to doubt the return of Christ, but God says Christ’s return will come unexpectedly and quickly. God is so gracious to warn of the judgment to come and is providing an opportunity to trust in Christ.
Have you considered the return of Christ and if you are ready for His return? Have you come to Christ in repentance and trusted in Him alone to make you righteous and save you from the judgment of wrath that God promises will come? If not, God is being gracious to you and has been patient towards you. He does not desire for you to perish but to come to Him through trusting in Christ Jesus alone for salvation from the wrathful judgment to come. See God’s love as patience with you but do not take that patience for granted and doubt the return of Christ. The slowness that you may consider as delay may quickly turn into Christ’s return today.
"Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,