Sometimes, it seems as if God has taken His time to answer our prayers despite our fervent and frequent prayers. Today’s passage says: “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 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.” My brother, my sister, God is not slow with His promises for your life… He may be waiting for you to be well-positioned!
You see, just like these believers who faced persecution every day and longed to be delivered, sometimes, we are going through some hard times and start thinking that God is slow. No, He is not. The truth is that He just is not on OUR timetable: “A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night” (Psalm 90:4). The other truth is that Jesus may be waiting for us to be well positioned spiritually, emotionally and physically, because He does not want any soul to perish. For example, some people ask the Lord for a financial breakthrough while their mindset on money is still not aligned with the Word. If the Lord knows that money can lead them to perdition, why would He give them this money? Today’s verses clearly says it: “Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (verse 9). So, instead of answering the prayer to that financial breakthrough, He will provide for their needs, while patiently waiting on them to repent of their love of money or from whatever can push them to get away from the right path once He blesses them.
My friend, we should realise that our time is short and we have important work to do for the Kingdom. Therefore, let’s not focus our attention on the promises: anyway, the Lord will fulfill them according to HIS timetable. Let’s set our eyes on Jesus. Thus, do not ask the Lord why He is taking His time answering you… He knows everything and He can choose to reveal or not what He wants to us: “these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10-11). Yes, it is not everything that God reveals… this is important to mention, because some people believe that God reveals everything or answers all or questions. The most important to know is that Jesus is interceding so that God’s purposes are fulfilled in our lives, and what He wants is “that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:2-4). Yes, there is one thing God has revealed to us and there is no need to look further: Jesus Christ is returning soon and we need to be ready to meet Him anytime, so we should plan our course of life and service to the Lord as though He may return today. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.