Daily Verse – Understanding Slowness.

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 NIVUK

The Apostle Paul, writing to the faithful across Roman Asia Minor, reminds them the Lord is not slowbradunó – does not delay or hesitate (this is the only occurrence of this word in the NT).

The context refers to believers questioning when the Lord would return and establish his earthly kingdom, but there are many other verses across the Bible referring to God’s sense of timing and making it clear that we are not always on the same page as Him.

For those of you who can’t wait, make up your minds quickly and then immediately have to take action, don’t look at the preceding verse to today’s – ‘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.’

My wife decided in recent years that our boys could only open one Christmas present before church and the rest had to wait. They are both grown men but it drove them absolutely crazy. It is fair to them to point out that they are not ‘present-crazy’ but the very act of maing them wait makes them focus on the waiting rather than the present.

Peter’s word for slowness is also the only occurrence and is hégeomai – to judge, suppose, or think.

God’s timing is not what we necessarily understand as timing – see Verse 8 again.

There is an old joke which goes, ‘Do you want to make God laugh? Then tell Him your plans!’ He may well laugh at our plans but the secret here is related to our timing. This is understandable on our part as we only have a limited lifespan, so we feel the need to get on with it.

Whether we have a problem or a plan, both will be different if we look at them through God’s timepiece. Much of our anxiety, frustration, disappointment, comes from the ever growing sense of ‘now!’. Have you noticed how so many things in our society promise faster and more?

God is patient with us – makrothumeó – to have long patience with us.

We come back to God’s timing not being as we understand timing.

We need to cultivate more patience in ourselves.

If what we are doing is from God then it will happen but in his time.

Sometimes our slow maybe God’s haste.

Through prayer and thanksgiving for what we have already achieved, we will gain a sense of God’s timing and can act accordingly.

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