Slow in Coming

Steven Laman

Read: 2 Peter 3:1-18

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. (v. 9 NIV)

When I was little, my parents bought me a stone plaque that fit me perfectly. It had a picture of a turtle and these words, “Travel at your own speed, your own special way.” The reason why this saying was so appropriate was because my disability has forced me to be slow. I eat slowly, get dressed slowly, and type slowly—one letter at a time.

Ever feel that Jesus is traveling at his own slow speed when it comes to his return? I feel that way when I hear about mass shootings and terrorist plots. Sometimes it is difficult to understand why he is not coming back sooner rather than later. For those of us who feel that way, Peter has a word for us. He assures us that the Lord is not slow in coming. He is delaying his return so that more people will have time to come to repentance and accept him as Lord.

Even though I would like to accomplish tasks faster, I have had to accept the fact that I will always be slow. Even if we feel that Jesus is taking his own sweet time in returning, we can understand the reason for his delay. While we are waiting, let’s proclaim that through Jesus there is hope of salvation. —Steve Laman

Prayer: Come quickly, Jesus, but in the meantime help us to proclaim your salvation to people we meet.