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Space And Time

Space And Time

29 July 2010

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 57-59; Psalm 103; 2 Peter 3

Scripture:

8 Don’t overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. 9 God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change. 14 So, my dear friends, since this is what you have to look forward to, do your very best to be found living at your best, in purity and peace. 15 Interpret our Master’s patient restraint for what it is: salvation… (2 Peter 3:8-9, 14-15 MSG)

Prophets spoke of a time when God would wrap things up here on earth. There would be judgment and finality. Now, in Peter’s day, people were saying, “Maybe it wasn’t true. Maybe God is dead or gone away. Maybe things will just go on as they are forever.” Does that sound familiar?

Peter reminds us that God works on his own timetable and his timetable often doesn’t match our own. Besides, Peter tells us, God is holding back the End in order to give everyone on earth sufficient time and every possible opportunity to change.

God isn’t late, he’s patient and kind. God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change. That means our response and responsibility is three-fold:

• We can be thankful for the extra time and space to change, both on the micro level (our own lives) and on the macro level (the world we are to influence).
• We can respond in grateful, obedient faith to his word and his work in our lives and we can live as representatives of Christ’s kingdom in our world.
• We can take every opportunity to show and tell the truth to others in an increasingly God-unconscious world so they also will have space and time to change.

It’s Show And Tell Time! God’s giving us Time and Space to change!

Prayer:

Father, Thank you for your patience with me – giving me time and space to change. Help me to have passionate patience with others. Help me to faithfully show and tell the kindness of God and the joy and peace of the Christ-life every day.

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