My pastor challenged the congregation to read the whole Bible in a year. I have come close to reading the whole Bible in a year, but I have never been able to do it completely. I was one book away from finishing the Bible one year in the past though.
Yesterday I was reading 2 Peter 3, and there was a part that really stuck out to me. The thing that stuck out to me was about how God is patient with us. In 2 Peter 3:9 it says that God doesn’t want anyone to perish, but instead He wants everyone to come to repentance. This made me rethink patience. I have a hard time with patience.
Last year I really tried to focus on patience, which God greatly taught me more about last year and into this year. I went into last year praying for certain things, and ironically after the year only 1 or 2 of those handful of prayers were answered. I’m still waiting on the other prayers of last year to happen. Well after reading 2 Peter 3:9 I realized that God wants us to be patient, but that He is even more patient with us than I have realized prior to reading this scripture. This changes my perspective on patience. I realized that God’s character is patient.
To Him time is different than we can start to imagine. In 2 Peter 3:8 it says that to God a day is like 1000 years and 1000 years are like a day to Him. To me this is hard to comprehend. So even though in my perspective certain prayers are taking forever, but to God they are not taking forever. I have prayed multiple times in the past for things to come in God’s timing instead of mine, but tonight this prayer took a whole new meaning. Reading this chapter tonight gives me new hope and encourages me to be more patient with my prayers.
Recently, I have been discouraged about some of the prayers that I have been praying for years haven’t been answered yet. I have always been a planner, and I have noticed that I have put time tables on what my future looks like. Well, God is definitely not following my plans or time tables. I am now surrendering my plans and time tables to God. I know that God’s plan is better than mine, but I have had a hard time trusting this. Now I have a renewed faith in God where I am trusting He knows better than me when it comes to my future. He has constantly showed His blessings in my life, so I shouldn’t doubt that God will continue to bless me in the future.
- “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” ~2 Peter 3:9 NIV
- “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” ~Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
- “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.” ~2 Peter 3:8 NIV
- “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” ~Philippians 4:6 NIV
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