What Does 2 Peter 3:8 Mean?

But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.

2 Peter 3:8(NASB)

Verse of the Day

In contrast to Peter's earlier dialogue of the multitudes of mockers that scoff at the fast approaching Day of the Lord, when God pours out His wrath on a Christ-rejecting sinful world during the Great Tribulation, Peter outlines a truth that has escaped the notice of many: "That one day with God is as 1000 years, and 1000 years as a single day."

Some do not believe the Lord will ever return because of the centuries that have rolled by without His return, yet Peter dismantles their unfounded reasoning, for time in God's economy is very different from man's perception of time. God is eternal and man is finite, and his life-span is but a breath in comparison with God Who was and is and ever shall be, AMEN.

Despite the truth of God's Word and the many declarations of God's great glory and power that pour forth praise to Him from the heavens above and the mountains beneath, mankind is wilfully ignorant, deliberately choosing to dethrone God from their lives and enthrone king self, thus severing their lifeline to their only means of escape.

We are not to be stumbled by such worldly logic. If God's Word says it, then it is true, for God's Word is a non-negotiable fact! Judgement is coming on a world that has rejected Him, but we are taken to be with Him in heaven before His wrath is poured out. However much we long to be with Him, and irrespective of how much time has passed under the bridge of life, God is not slow in carrying out His plans and purposes. His timing is always best, and that is non-negotiable!

If he delays there is a reason, and any delay pours an additional stream of grace into a Christ-rejecting sinful world, enabling sinners to turn to Christ for salvation, allowing the prodigal son to return to the Father's embrace, permitting the saint to grow in grace and a knowledge of his lovely Lord Jesus, for everything that God does is VERY GOOD.

God is working His purpose out and He will come back at the right time, not too early, not too late and Peter gives us insight into His timing: "The Lord does not delay his promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance." Every day, by God's grace, many are trusting in Christ for salvation, prodigals are returning, and saints are growing in grace.

Let us redeem the time we have left and use our days wisely, as we wait for the glorious day when we will see Him face to face.  

My Prayer

Loving Lord, how wonderful You are. Thank You that You created time, but You are not constrained by it. Thank You that You are the same yesterday, today, and forever. Give me patience as I expectantly wait for Your any day return to rapture Your Bride, knowing that Your timing is always perfect. And may I rest in You, knowing my times are in Your hands. In Jesus' name, AMEN.

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