“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.” (9)
I am moved to worship whenever considering the patience of God. It is remarkable. He bears all things, as Paul says love does. We are not patient, and call on God to end the world with the return of Christ, daily. But He has patiently watched thousands of years of human history, civilizations rising and falling, and He continues to wait, so we can know Him, learn from Him and discover Him as Lord.
But the truth of the matter is, it will end one day, and we must live —eyes of Jesus— as if Today could ever be The Day.
“Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.” (14-15)
In peace, is an incredible mode. My sin often manifests my independent, scrappy, mistrust into anxiety, worry and turmoil. How do I wait, peacefully, for the world to end when I want to run around, flailing, screaming and guns blazing? This is the beautiful mystery God has been patiently teaching me recently. I’m not sure I can tell you how it happens, or give you “10 basic steps to overcoming anxiety”, it is a powerful, kind, gentle, miraculous work of His beautiful Spirit. And ongoing! A daily decision to trust and rest in Him.
Lord, teach us how to surrender our anxieties today.