The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (ESV)
Peter states that the Lord does not wish anyone to perish, but for everyone to repent and believe in Jesus Christ. Peter’s statement applies to those saved and those who, to this day, remain unsaved. The gift of salvation is available to all of us if we choose to accept it.
God has not forgotten His promise. The Lord did not lie when He promised He would return. God remains to be able to fulfill His promise on any day, at any time. While we may grow anxious, the Lord is patiently waiting to fulfill His promise so that people will have time to repent. From studying Scripture, we learn that unbelievers remaining on the earth after the Rapture will be able but it is better for them if they do so beforehand. After the 70-year Tribulation, many will continue to be saved, although it will be more difficult for them to repent and believe.
Repentance means that we’ve had a change in our outlook. We no longer view the purpose of life the same way we once did before we came to know Jesus. When we repent, we turn away from our old lifestyle and begin living life in a new way. We move from a self-focused life to a life viewed through our God-lens, seeking to do what is pleasing to the Lord, our God.
God is patient and long-suffering when it comes to our salvation. He gives everyone every opportunity to choose Him. While we wait for His return, we must rely on God’s supernatural strength to empower us with the ability to persevere. With God for us, who can stop us?
Life plays out on an unequal playing field for all of us. Could it be the only man keeping you down is you? Perhaps you find life oppressing. I get it. Some days it’s like the whole world is conspiring against you. Honestly, odds are good that it is. Living is not a pursuit well-suited for the timid. It will chew up you up and spit you out. Encouraging thoughts, I know.
Amid the yin yang of your existence, the buck stops at your door. When it comes to turning your dreams into reality, you are where the rubber meets the road. Sure it’s hard. Yes it’s challenging. And certainly, it ain’t fair. But the opportunity to transform your greatest hopes into success lies in your hands. You must be willing to show up and do the hard work. No one can do it for you.
In this life, you’re really not due anything but love and respect. That doesn’t guarantee you’ll get either. Transforming dreams into reality requires perseverance.
So what are you waiting for? Don’t let life pass you by…
I believe in you.
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