Is God Slow?

Jeff Munroe

READ : Matthew 13:24-30

Let both grow together until the harvest. (v. 30)

I was never a fast runner, and I once had a basketball coach who, in a moment of exasperation, compared my foot speed to the second coming. That’s not easy for a kid to hear! First of all, it’s what the Dutch call spotten, using something holy in a mocking way, and second, it’s just not what coaches should say to kids. They should build kids up, not tear them down.

But that insult reveals something about how we think about waiting. Is God slow? I love what Peter had to say about that: “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish” (2 Peter 3:9). Perhaps when he wrote those words Peter was remembering Jesus’ parable about a man who planted a wheat field.

Jesus taught that God is going to take his time. We may be puzzled like the servants in this story and ask, “Where did these weeds come from?” We don’t know why evil exists in the world or why some people blatantly disregard God. Don’t you wish God would just wipe it all out? But it is a sign of God’s love that he doesn’t do that. Remember: if God rid the world instantly of all evil, he might start with you (or me!). Instead, he takes his time, giving us all the opportunity to come to him. Thank God that he is patient with us.

PRAYER

Let us learn patience from you.