Waiting is a lost art. We are so used to instant everything that waiting patiently is seldom required, and when circumstances cause us to wait, we get easily frustrated. Recently, my family went to a restaurant where we were informed that it would be about a 20-minute wait. Others who came the same time decided that this was too long and they left. This is just one example of impatience in our society.
Today’s scripture tells us that “with the Lord?a thousand years are like one day.” The early Christians were waiting for Jesus to return, and they were becoming impatient. The writer turns things around, suggesting that this delay was an example of God’s patience, so that all people are given a chance to hear the gospel and turn to God. Be assured, God will keep this promise, when is of little concern. I have heard many predictions of Jesus’ imminent return, but I’ve come to accept that I don’t need to know when, I simply need to live each day as a gift from God and strive to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (verse 18)
God of all time, help us to be patient with one another and with you. Grant us the wisdom to use our time wisely, growing in grace and serving in love. Amen. — DH