“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise,
as some understand slowness.”
2 Peter 3:9
One of the most annoying things that can ruin personal relationships is when one of the parties to the group is not dependable.
I am blessed with a fine group of people surrounding me who keep their promises to me regarding what they will do to help in my work. I can forget about their responsibilities because I know they will do what they are say.
One of the areas of my work that is difficult is working with people who abuse drugs such as alcohol and street drugs. These people may be well intentioned about what they commit themselves to do but it is common for such addicts to break a promise.
When it comes to Almighty God making a promise we feel certain that He will live up to His commitment. This is what makes it especially challenging when we mistakenly think that God has not done what He said He would do.
We may excuse a person for failing us and say, “Well they are only human.” But what can stop God from doing as He says? How come He fails to produce for us? This is the question posed in the context of our verse today. In 2 Peter 3:4 we read the complaint against God when it says, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised?”
It is known in the world that Jesus promised His disciples that He would return in the end time to judge the world and reward the faithful. Some people thought that the early church fully expected Jesus to return in their generation. However they knew such was not to be so.
Jesus had told Peter in the presence of the other disciples that Peter would live to a ripe old age and then die a martyr (John 21:18-19). So there was an understanding that Jesus would not return in Peter’s generation.
But the world in its desire to discredit God ignores such passages of Scripture and seeks to show that God fails to do what He promises. Peter responds by saying that God uttered the world into existence (2 Peter 3:5) and keeps it going by that same word.
This omnipotent God is as capable of keeping His promise to return when He has it scheduled as He was able to create the world in the first place.
God’s reason for delaying His promised return is to provide people time to turn from their sin to Him. God does not wish people to perish but that they turn to Him and live (Ezekiel 33:11). This is the reason for His delay. Surely His promise to come back will take place.
Our great hope is in the promise that God shall return on schedule. Those who deny the coming of the Lord will learn too late that God keeps His word. Look to Him today and trust in His promise. God is faithful.