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 3:9 NIV
Not Wishing Any Should Perish
Death at home has been identified as a key quality indicator for Canadian healthcare systems and is often assumed to reflect the wishes of the entire Canadian public. A recent study discovered that home was the clearly preferred setting only for respondents in the mild severity scenario. As the dying scenario worsens, preferences fell for home death and increased for the other options. In the severe scenario, most respondents preferred a palliative care or hospice setting.
Those of us who love Jesus long for His return. The final prayer of the Bible is the apostle John’s prayer at the end of the book of Revelation: “even so, come Lord Jesus.” After experiencing all he did in the vision he recorded in the final book of the Bible, it’s no wonder John prayed that final prayer. The closer we draw to Jesus, the more we long for His appearing. So why hasn’t He returned? Only the Father knows the answer to that question, but we get a glimpse of it in 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.” Peter has just been teaching about what to expect at the end of the age and he tells us that the Lord lingers because there are still those who are hearing and responding to the Gospel. Never before in the history of the world has this been happening like it is today. Millions of people each year are placing their faith in Jesus, and the Church is growing faster than ever. Jesus is being patient. So must we.
These have been words from the heart.