”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 (http://bible.com/111/2pe.3.9.NIV)
I read this and immediately the thought popped into my head of how impatient we have become. My computer/tablet/phone are all too slow. I was up in the mountains of northern New Mexico for several days, staying in a log cabin. Thankfully, there was indoor plumbing and electricity! No cell service, no Internet, no television…. but there was a landline for essential communication and a radio to listen to, and a post office and few miles down the road. I could have chosen to be frustrated about the lack of my devices after a couple of days and gone to a neighbors to use their broadband, or I could choose to embrace it while I was in the mountains. Had I gone to broadband, it would have been very slow compared to my normal WiFi.
The way I see it, I have very similar choices with God’s Will. For many years, I chose to ignore Him. I used the world’s means of communication, insisting that whatever it was, I “needed” it to be done now. It seems to me that Peter’s message is intended for us, God’s children, to slow down. We don’t need the instant gratification the world teaches. We (I) need to take a breath and look at God’s need instead of our own. The only thing He ever needs or wants from us is our love. It’s true that our love should include acceptance and obedience, and those giving their love should be slowing down to be able to hear Him. That’s how we can know His Will for our lives.
I confess that I don’t slow down enough, or often enough, to hear God’s voice in my life. God will never let me down. He always has my best interests at heart. His time is not my time, and His thinking is not my thinking – after all, it was/is my best thinking and impatience that gets me into trouble!
God is real, and He is good, ALL the time.