In Praise of God’s Slowness.

God 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. II Peter 3:9 (NIV)

Y’all, help me out here. I can’t possibly be the only one who, when reheating something in the microwave, gives the handle an impatient tug to stop it with only seconds left before the blessed beep of readiness.

The mere fact that a modern day microwave comes equipped with a ‘+ 30 seconds’ option is telling… Otherwise, I’d have to go to the trouble to select ‘Time cook’ followed by a ‘3’ and a ‘0’, and finally ‘start’ before the heating process began.

Poor me.

The grocery curbside pickup? The instant I pull into my chosen spot, why do they make me wait a bit rather than rush out to my car with stuff?

Why is everything and everyone so s-l-o-w??

Maybe the underlying question inside my soul is, “God, why are You so slow?”

His answer is swift.

He 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. II Peter 3:9

God isn’t bound by time. He has no need to set an alarm or use a calendar to plan His days.

With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like a day. (vs 8) For the rest of us, a day is measured in twenty-four hours and a thousand years is, well, a number of days beyond what my brain wants to configure.

God’s ‘slowness’ is purposeful and loving and good. He is providing time for more and more people to come to repentance. His ‘slowness’ enables me to consider those whose eternity with Jesus is not yet secure and pray for their repentance before His sure and certain return.

His slowness allows me to focus on how I’m living rather than on my need for relief from present difficulty. Can I say with confidence that I consistently live the holy and godly and, uh, patient life that He desires? (vs 11)

Praise God for His slowness! He’s providing time for adjustment before He returns.

Because on the day of the Lord’s return, everything and everybody will be destroyed by fire to make way for a new heaven and a new earth, a home of righteousness (vs 13).

When His ‘slowness’ has run its course, how will He find us living? And who has He placed in our sphere of influence who might be the object of His ‘slowness’?

Mary

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6 Comments

  1. Linda Meares says:

    Oh, yes, I am so very impatient at times. Slow can be a good time to sit and listen to what God has to say to me, to remind me of what he wants for me to do to further His kingdom.

    • Mary Felkins says:

      Isn’t it amazing that He has no limitations with respect to time? Patience, slowness, waiting…all of it is such a big challenge but a golden opportunity if given the right perspective and willingness to use the time for His glory. Thanks, Linda!

  2. Tracy Peek says:

    Each of us should be thankful for His mercy, grace and PATIENCE on our lives and souls. This message is a good way for me to be mindful each day of my own life, that I’m living in accordance with His word and his expectations.

    • Mary Felkins says:

      Great thoughts, Tracy! Yes, His patience is redemptive. And if patience were easy we wouldn’t need the Lord as desperately as we do, both for ourselves and to reach others for Christ in the waiting.

  3. Thank you for this post, Mary. Every time I sigh for His return to be quick, I remember those I love who do not yet know Him. And then I am grateful that He hasn’t come yet. You put it into words for me.

    • Mary Felkins says:

      Your sigh is my sigh, too, Linda. I do the same and am quickly convicted to remember not everyone yet knows the Light of the world. Thanks for stopping in to share your thoughts and expression of gratitude!

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