When I meditate on the promises of God in His Word, I often say, “Who am I, that God would make such great promises to me?” We all make promises, but do we always keep them? Most of us, if not all, have probably been disappointed by someone not fulfilling a promise made to us.
Promisingly for us, Jesus is always faithful, dependable and trustworthy. He always fulfills what He promises. His Word is full of truly faithful and infallible promises to us: “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us” (2 Cor. 1:20, NKJV). We can, with all certainty, count on them every day of our earthly life and for all eternity!
Peter was an eyewitness to Jesus’ ascension and to the given promise: “This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). Peter wrote with determination, making sure Christians remember God’s promises are “exceedingly great and precious” (2 Pet. 1:4). He continued, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9).
Isn’t it wonderful how God is amazingly long-suffering? I believe His long-suffering nature keeps Him from coming sooner. He is incredibly patient, slow to anger and abundant in mercy—even with a sinful and guilty world.
Peter goes on to say, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night” (2 Pet. 3:10). Truly, the end of the age is near—let us make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with Him.
Though we yearn greatly as we await the promise of His return, there are more souls to be won first. In this dark and dying world—desperately in need of Jesus Christ, who is the “Light of the World” (John 8:12), the “Sun of Righteousness” (Mal. 4:2)—may we count every day as an opportunity for salvation. Let’s make every effort to remain passionate and effective for His kingdom. Powered by His Word and Holy Spirit, may many come to Christ through us and receive the promises of God!
Father God, we stand in awe of Your great patience and long-suffering. Help us to be a church that truly reflects Your character—practicing patience and long-suffering to the world around us. Though we yearn the fulfillment of our Lord’s return, grant us boldness to proclaim the Good News of salvation to this dying world. Help us to remain passionate and effective for your kingdom. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray, Amen.
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