I often take a long time to finish a quilt. Partly it's because I can't sew as much as I'd like because life's many duties call.
|Where does it all come from?|
|Arrant Red Birds, from Jinny Beyer's Golden Album Quilt|
|My current works-in-progress. There are 5 projects here.|
In 2 Peter chapter 3, Peter writes about another end than can seem slow in coming. Speaking of the last days, he says, "Scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, 'Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." (2 Peter 3:3,4) In other words, people will make fun of those who believe Jesus is coming back. They'll say nothing has changed, that if He hasn't come back yet, He's not coming back at all.
Then comes one of my favourite passages of Scripture. "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. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:8,9)
Many believers talk about how anxious they are for Jesus to come back and take us all to Heaven. I may be the only one, but I always feel a little panicky during those conversations. Don't get me wrong - I want to be in Heaven. I'm looking forward to it, but I'm in no hurry yet. You see, there are too many people I care about who wouldn't be joining me there if Jesus were to come back today.
As we looked at in a previous devotion, Jesus explained to Nicodemus, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit." (John 3:5,6) Each and every person must believe for themselves and accept the gift of salvation through faith in Jesus before they can be accepted into Heaven. 2 Peter 3:8,9 say to me, "There's still time." God wants everyone to believe. He wants everyone to have eternal life with Him. He is not slow in sending Jesus to return. He is being patient, allowing everyone time to hear that Jesus died for them, and to believe.
I am so grateful for God's patience. I am grateful He waited long enough for me to understand and accept salvation, on the same day my husband turned back to God. I'm grateful He waited long enough for all three of my boys to accept Jesus too. And I'm grateful He's patient still.