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, NIV 1984).
My Musings – This passage has always intrigued me. For someone who has always been and will always be, what’s a day or a thousand years? For that matter, what’s 13.77 billion years? Seems like a lot of time to forget things. Little things and big things. But here we are, a mere two-thousand years later (or is that just two days), as the days progressively get worse, thinking Jesus has forgotten His promise to return for us. A huge thing.
When my son Joel was a toddler, I would often see him of an evening looking out the front window, awaiting my return from work. He probably felt like He had waited for me for a long time. As for me, I knew that I was getting home right on time. It may seem like a long-time since Jesus made His promise to return. It has been a long time for us. But He’ll make His appearance right on time, but not before the last possible soul has been saved. It doesn’t take an Einstein to know how relative His delay is.
My Advice – As we age and become more and more forgetful ourselves, we remember the keys, but forgot the dog. The reason we needed the keys. We remember His promise to return, but forget the reason He delays. Aren’t you glad He delayed long enough for you? If you do not yet know Him, do not delay. It may seem like you have plenty of time, but it might only be a day (or less). Then it will be too late.