Our Patient Father - Sunday, February 2nd 2014
2 Peter 3:9
"The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance."
We've all made promises that for one reason or another, we were unable to keep. We've also been at the receiving end of a broken promise. We have felt the damage of an untrustworthy person and sometimes those pains of broken promises trickle over into our relationship with God. In 2 Peter, the apostle desires to put an end to any fear we may have that God will not follow through. Throughout this letter to the church, we see Peter reminding the people about God's promises and how they have come true. Many may say, "If God has promised to judge evil and save our world, then why are we still suffering? Why do we continue to turn on the news to find pain and death?" The answer...
...God is patient.
God will judge the world. He will make everything right, but His love is so amazing that He desires to save as many as He can before that time. Our heavenly Father is waiting in eternity for more people to respond to His grace. Have you responded? Could the creator of the entire universe be waiting for you to come to Him for forgiveness? Don't put it off any longer, if you have not trusted in Jesus for salvation then today is the day. He died on the cross for your sins and rose from the grave so that you could have new life. Trust in Him today.
Life Lesson: God's timing is not our timing.
I believe You died for me so that I could be forgiven. I believe You were raised from the dead so that I could have new life. I know I've done wrong things, and I'm sorry. Please forgive me and give me the power to follow You all the days of my life. In Your name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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