When you were a child, did you ever ask the question, “Are we there yet?” I’ll bet you did! Most children who have to sit in the car for a long journey ask the question – usually several times! They get a bit impatient with the journey. They also ask the question “When will we get there?”
The same can be said of many Christians. Jesus promised to return and set all things right. But it has been nearly 2,000 years since he made that promise. “Are we there yet?” That’s essentially the question of the martyrs in heaven pictured in Revelation 6:10. They’re asking how long before Jesus would return in judgement. They were told to wait a while longer.
Peter wrote to Christians who were being persecuted. They were looking for the Lord to return and end their suffering. Peter told them in 2 Peter 3:9, “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.”(NIV) In verse 15, he wrote, “Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation.”(NIV)
See the patience of God! He withholds the punishment due because he wants people to turn to him. His patience means salvation. God also wants us to be patient in the circumstances of life. As Romans 12:12 says, “Be patient in affliction.”
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