by Tammy Phillips
October 7, 2021
“But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day [is] as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (2 Peter 3:8 NKJV)
Most do not have a concept of God time. It is hard for me to grasp. I know He multiplies time for me. Sometimes, it seems like a minute is an hour or an hour is as a minute…a week is a day, and a day is a week…a week is as a year and a year is as a week. Think about Christmas Eve as a child growing up, I thought it lasted an eternity, but as I became an adult with children, it became a nanosecond.
The Lord is God. He created time and space and us. He is not constrained by time. We are in a hurry and God is not. “God is seldom in a hurry, but never late.” (Kristi Stephens) He just is not. We get impatient, not the Lord. What seems like forever and a day is just a blink to God in light of eternity. He definitely has a timetable. He is God and He executes divine order. Nothing happens by accident and everything in God’s kingdom happens at the appointed time.
“To everything [there is] a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV)
God’s time is not our time. “Yet, according to God’s reckoning, it is but the day before yesterday that Christ died, and only about a week ago that Adam was expelled from Eden. A thousand years is, after all, a very brief space of time.” -Charles Surgeon
Time is insignificant to God. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He does not change like we do with the passing of time. He always has been, He is, and He always will be. He is everywhere in time at the same time if He wants to be. God is infinite. Time is infinite.
Time is in His hands. Our lives are in His hands.
We say, “Come, Lord Jesus.” I hear Abba say, “Wait. There is one more soul I am waiting on.”
“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.” (2 Peter 3:8-9 KJV)
The LORD is not slack about His promise.
The Lord is not slow about His promise.
The LORD is not delayed about His promise.
The LORD is not tarrying about His promise.
The LORD is not inactive about His promise.
He is longsuffering, patiently enduring, and long tempered. He does not lose heart when it comes to us His creation. He IS NOT WILLING that any should perish, but that ALL should change our mind and come to Him as our Savior and Lord.
He will keep His promise. He is coming again. It might be in the next second, the next day, or in the next thousand years, but He is coming. He is not slack in His promise.
I enCOURAGE you not to be bound or restrained by time. It is in His hands. He is our on-time God. He has got you. He has got the whole world in His hands. Everything will be alright. He is a promise keeper and He will come again.
“There’s a name that can silence every fear
There’s a love that embraces
The heartache, the pain and the tears
Through my faith and my doubting
I know one thing for sure
His word is unfailing
His promise secure.”
(Be Alright by Danny Gokey and Evan Craft)