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 promises. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. – I Peter 3: 8-9
When Peter wrote these words he was addressing Christians who were being ridiculed because Jesus had not returned to the earth. The charge went like this: When is he coming back, you fool? Don’t you realize the world has been getting along like it always has? Nothing’s going to change. You believe in a pipe dream, a fairy tale, which will never come true.
I believe in the return of Christ and in God’s plan to complete his work of redemption through Jesus in the new heavens and earth. God always finishes what he starts. I don’t know when it will happen, nor do I fret over it, but I know this world had a beginning and one day it will have an end. Only God is eternal. In the mean time I shall wait patiently and serve the Lord to the best of my ability, knowing that God tarries because he is patient with us sinners. He does not want us to die, but to repent and come to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. God delays because he is gracious. Even so, we should not neglect his longsuffering. One day we will draw our last breath and meet our Maker, the Lord God Almighty, face-to-face, and we shall give an account for how we responded to his patience with us. Will we repent now or will we perish later? Believe the gospel and be encouraged.