April 27, 2016
Where Is He?
[Know] this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires.
They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep,
all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” 2 Peter 3:3–4
I just finished up a message for our monthly newsletter yesterday while our community was anticipating a major storm to hit. Schools let out early, and meetings and trips were being cancelled. These dire warnings reminded me of the signs that Jesus foretold would accompany the end of the world and divine judgment. The bottom line was that we need to be prepared.
And what happened with the storm? No much, at least not in our local area, compared to what was feared. The storm that did come was later and weaker than anticipated. So, what does that do to our confidence in weather predictions? What are we to think of all of our weather aps, warnings and meteorologists who do their best to prepare for us for the worst? Some people will lose trust in these predictors of calamity and relegate them to the status of Aesop’s “boy who cried wolf”. People tend to weary of what they view as “false alarms”.
And certainly that will apply to those who speak as Peter describes above. They will scoff at Biblical doomsday prophesies. Especially now, as we have seen two thousand years pass and still no sign of His coming. It’s one thing not to believe in human predictions, even when backed by the best science. It’s quite another thing not to trust divine prophecy from God Himself.
But, what is seen as slowness or tardiness on God’s part is actually a blessing to the unbelievers of every generation. God’s nature is always to extend mercy and to be patient so that people will repent of their ways and turn to Him. Peter says as much in verse nine of the same chapter. And, it is good to remember Christ’s words about His own mission. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (John 3:17) If that takes giving people and even whole nations time to repent, so be it.
For us who do believe, we can rejoice that in due time God’s perfect justice and perfect mercy will rule the day. For those who do not believe, be patient with them. God certainly is.