The Lord is Not Slow

”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.” - 2 Peter 3:8-9

In the third chapter of his second letter, Peter describes the ultimate destruction of the world as motivation for living holy and godly lives. And in that fascinating context, Peter gives us a glimpse of how God views time. Because He exists outside space-time, just a little something He created, He is not in any way limited by it. He can instantaneously see and understand 1,000 years as though it were a day. It’s just one of the benefits of being an Almighty Eternal Supreme God, I suppose.

Meanwhile, we mere mortals who are stuck to space-time tend to think Jesus’ return to Earth is long overdue. We think God is slow in keeping his promise. But Peter is clear: He is not slow, He is patient. God’s timing is always perfect.

Three long years ago Amy read online about a surgery being performed in Europe in which doctors were successfully removing Lipedema. For three long years we have pursued this treatment, had countless appointments with doctors as far away as San Francisco, spent hours researching the disease and treatments, sent stacks of documents to our insurance company–and it feels like the surgery was a long, long, long time coming. We could easily assume that the Lord has been slow.

In fact, if you go back and read my first Pisteuo blog post, you’ll see that it felt like God was ignoring our prayers all-together.

Oh what an ignorant, short-sighted man I am! What I didn’t know was that all along the Lord was answering our prayers. I didn’t know that while we prayed, a doctor in Atlanta would be compelled to travel to Germany to learn about this specialized Lipedema surgery. I didn’t know that while we prayed, scientists were gathering compelling evidence about the disease. I didn’t know that while we prayed, insurance companies were learning about this disease. God heard every prayer, and He was answering it in ways I could not possibly understand.

Sometimes when we pray, it feels like God is ignoring us. Because we waited and prayed for this surgery for three years, It felt like the Lord was slow. But now, in hindsight, we see how He brought the doctor, the research, and the finances together at exactly the right time. If we had moved ahead of His perfect timing, Amy wouldn’t have had the right surgery, or we would have had $100,000 of debt. But as it turns out, God knew exactly what He was doing all along.

Once again He has proven that He alone is worthy of our pisteuo.

Rick Mumford