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 to return, 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
You have graciously brought us safely to a new year. Every great saint, all the way back to the Apostle Peter, has felt that you would usher in the end of the world and judgement day in their lifetime. But here we are 2000 plus years later. It’s easy to grow complacent and it makes skeptics believe their skepticism more. However, from Peter, we are taught what you are doing. You are being patient so more people will come to repentance. On my own, I would be quick to judge; but you love every soul, even the worst, much more than I do. It’s amazing to me that you do not grow weary of our evil. It makes me more patient to see how patient you are with every human being. I’m glad that you are slow in judging. Otherwise, I would not be saved. You have shown great patience with me. Help me to stop counting time so that I can wait like you with a heart liberated by grace and live in view of eternity instead of time, especially when I see evil all around me.
Pastor Don Patterson
Sit and think about this for whole day; God does not want anyone to perish.