2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
We tend to get agitated with those around us when they do not get it right without recognizing that God has been patient with us, although we constantly mess up. God’s patience towards us was evidenced in Jeremiah 18 in the story of the clay marred in the hands of the potter. One takeaway from that scripture is that some of us should have already become the vessel God intended us to be, but from time to time we have lost our way. Based on the frequency with which it has happened, if you were sitting in the seat of the potter, quite likely, you would have been so fed up that you would have thrown the clay away. It is because God has been patient with us that he has not responded in that way. Instead, He has kept us on the potter’s wheel with a view of making us into “another vessel” that is more like what he intends us to be.
2 Peter 3:9 highlights two reasons God is so patient with us. The first reason cited by the scripture is that “the Lord is not slack concerning His promise”. What the scripture suggests is that God is serious about us receiving everything that He has promised, so He keeps molding us until we are ready to receive what He has promised. God does not only make a promise and leave us there, He patiently prepares us to receive His promises.
The second reason for God’s patience is that it is not his will that any should perish or fail. Your success spiritually and physically is important to God. Therefore despite our failure he keeps working on us until we get to where we should be.
Life Application: Acknowledge and celebrate the fact that God has been patient with you and use it as a motivation to stop doing things your way.
Prayer: Lord,thank you for your patience with me. May I never take it for granted, but to ensure that I’m at the place that you want me to be with you. In Jesus’ name, amen.