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Different Perspective on Waiting

Weekly Devotionals

Different Perspective on Waiting

2 Peter 3:9 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.

I recently went to the States with my wife and daughter, and this was a trip that has been a long time coming. I don’t know if you would believe me, but it had been 10 years since I visited home in the States. Interestingly enough, this trip helped me to realize that waiting is a normal part of life.

I believe seasons of waiting is an inevitable part of our lives. We are always waiting for either something to start or to end. If not things, we are waiting for someone. Just reflect back in the previous year 2019. Were there things or people you were either waiting for? It has already been weeks since 2020 has started, and already, you may be waiting for someone or something in this new year.

I believe as Christians we are in a perpetual state of waiting. The Israelites waited 400 years to be liberated from the Egyptians, then waited to enter the promised land. After being exiled, they waited to go back to their homeland. Throughout the Old Testament and leading into the New Testament, they waited for the messiah to come and deliver them. And even now we, the Christians, are waiting for Jesus Christ to come back.

All of this is to bring up this main thought for this week’s devotion. Many of us ask ourselves if something or someone is worth the wait as if we have a choice in deciding whether to avoid the wait. However, hopefully, as shown above, waiting is simply a part of our human lives on earth. So then, I believe the better question we have to ask ourselves is what do we do in waiting?

As seen in 2 Peter 3:9, when God plants us in a season of waiting, there is a reason – one of the reasons is for us to reach repentance. God is patient towards us so that we may work to improve our personal relationship with him. However, with sin in our lives, we can never approach him, which is why what Jesus did was so amazing. Due to his death on the cross, we are now able to pray in Jesus’ name to receive forgiveness and no longer be seen as unrighteous.

Now, for those who have already accepted Jesus Christ as our personal savior, I believe there is a second level, which is to help others realize that God almighty is patient towards them that they may reach repentance, for God wishes for no one to perish.

So this week I want to invite you to first take time to recognize that waiting is a normal part, and in that waiting, God calls us to repent. Once we have reconciled our relationship with God through repentance, are there others around you who also need to reach repentance? Spend time this week to pray for yourself and others.