Phyllis Beveridge Nissila
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, 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)
Timing, as they say, is everything.
When it comes to vanquishing evil, however, most of us want the timing to be NOW.
Before more is stolen and destroyed.
But as a reminder to those of us who trust only He Who has kept His creation humming for eons in spite of all of the theft and destruction perpetrated by, well, the stealers and the destroyers doing the bidding of our real enemy, timing is still key, primarily for the reason explained in the opening verse: there are yet more to come on board the Ark, to prepare for deliverance from some enslavement, to “come in” that the fullness of the “Gentiles” will be accomplished. As put in Romans 11:25:
For I do not want you, brothers and sisters, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in;*
For some encouragement in such a time as this which seems to be ramping up to biblical proportions, both figuratively and literally speaking, it helps to keep the eyes and emotions on the bigger picture so that, as believers, we are able to keep our most important assignment in mind and in spirit: preaching the Gospel to the ends of the earth, aka, the Great Commission given us by Jesus Christ, Himself…that the fullness…
Thus, while we do our best to carry on “down here” in the secular realm, we keep our eyes on the prize: eternal life through faith and trust in Jesus Christ, the only Way, Truth, and Life out of this mess.
And others yet to come.
*Consider this discussion on the significance of this verse: https://www.gotquestions.org/fullness-of-the-Gentiles.html
Not yet on board? Here is a good discussion on both why and how: ABCs of Salvation