Thursday, August 18, 2011

Waiting

2 Peter 3:8-10

When I have taught music lessons for flute, there was always a moment with the beginner who suddenly realized that they were not going to become an amazing musician over night.  It didn't seem to make a difference which instrument the student started on; the beginner starts with an assumption that they will not have to work too hard to play the music they like.  On the flute the student realizes that a beautiful, clear tone is something that happens after years of playing - with a particular focus on learning how to create a clear tone.  In fact, I have a systematic way of teaching vibrato on the flute (that my teacher used with me) with which some students become impatient. I'm really not trying to torture my students, it just that if you don't learn vibrato correctly, you can still do vibrato but it just will not sound as nice.  So, until I feel that a student has mastered one step to learning vibrato (for example, proper breath support) I will not move on to the next step.  Each student learns how to do this at different paces.  Our faith is the same way; please turn to 2 Peter 3:8-10 to see how Peter explains it to us.

Yesterday, I studied how Peter warned of what will happen to those who "deliberately forget" who their Creator is and how they will taunt those who believe and are waiting for Christ to return.  There are times when I watch the news and I want to cry out, "Come now Jesus!  Stop the brokenness!"  But Peter reminds us that we need a new perspective on God's timing.  "A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day," (verse 8).  Our perception of time is so different from God's.  Verse 9 explains why our perception is different, "The Lord really isn't being slow about His promise, as some people think.  No, He is being patient for your sake.  He doesn't want anyone to be destroyed, but He wants everyone to repent."  When He comes, verse 10 reminds us that everything will be destroyed and we will face a judgement.  He knows the right time for all of us and He wants to give us time to come to Him.

Don't doubt the Lord's love for you - remember He made a way so all people could be forgiven.  Christ's sacrifice didn't just happen for a minority of the people, He sacrificed for all people (1 Corinthians 1:2).  The Lord is waiting for more people to turn to Him - He loves all of us.  We are His creation.  God loves us so much that He doesn't want to see anyone be destroyed.  Remembering that He is drawing people to Him, it gives us patience to wait longer for His coming.  How many more people will come to Him in one day?  How many in one more hour, or one more minute?  Remember, there is a purpose for everything God does.  Stand firm in your faith and wait patiently.  This gives us more time to share God's love with others.  We may not know when, but we know that Christ will return to bring us salvation!

What are you doing with the time God has given you?

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