“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.” 2 Peter 3:9
Peter had written this letter within twenty to thirty years after Jesus ascended into heaven and had stated He would return soon. People were already questioning His return. They were probably saying that He was being slow in keeping His promise to return.
It is now nearly two-thousand years later, and people are still saying the same thing. Or others are saying that He was a liar and is not returning. However, Jesus is not a liar, nor is He slow. Jesus is being patient.
The entire purpose of His being patient is to give more people a chance to follow Him and be saved. The longer Jesus waits, the more believers can tell others about Him, and the more others can choose to follow Him. Think about it for a moment, if Jesus had returned even within the first hundred years of His leaving, you would not be here, nor would you have had a chance to be saved.
Nearly every believer is anxious for Jesus to return. They want to get away from all the sin and troubles of this world and get into heaven. They want to be with God for eternity. This is understandable, but it is also selfish.
What about the other people who do not know Jesus yet as their personal Lord and Savior?
Every believer knows some to many people who do not believe in Jesus. You probably could count at least a hundred people you know who do not know Jesus yet, and you probably have met many more just in this last year.
Do you really want Jesus to return today and they get sent to hell because they do not know Him?
Keep that in mind as you desire for Jesus to return. Take time today to tell someone about Jesus. Give someone a chance to know Him and be saved. It is for this reason that Jesus has not returned yet.
I pray today that God will reveal His patience to you; that you will have God’s patience; that you will tell others about Jesus daily; that you will repent and believe in Jesus; and that God will draw many to Him through you.