“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
I remember having a conversation with friends while in college about premarital sex. I distinctively remember a friend saying, “God will have to come down off the clouds himself in order for me to stop having sex.” We laughed in agreement because after all, it wasn’t holiness that kept some of us from fornicating, it was “worse” things like becoming a parent or catching a disease. Surely God didn’t mind a little “testing of the waters” here or there, right? One of the ladies in the group stood her ground and said in a soft voice, “but God is a just God and He may not wait on you for too long.” Many of us in the group ignored her, but her comment struck a nerve in me. “What did she mean He many not wait long?” Peter reminds, “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. What he is explaining is that although you don’t see what God promised to you now because of your disobedience, don’t mistake Him for being slow in judgment. Instead, He is a God who loves you and wants to see you to repentance. God is love, and love is patient.
There are so many of us out there playing the “clock” game of getting it right. We think we have more time. But Peter goes on to remind us that no man knows the day nor the hour when God’s judgment will come. Now this is not to scare you, but to urge you to take a look at your life. Are there things that God has told you to “stop or start” doing but you are allowing procrastination to set in? Has he told you to refrain from fornication, alcohol, gossiping, homosexuality, grudge-holding, but yet you think you have time? Time running out doesn’t necessarily mean the wrath of God is coming, but what about missed opportunity? He may be telling you to refrain from fornication because the next encounter will give you a “package” that you can’t get rid of. What if He is telling you to watch your mouth and your gossiping habit because your next “Ooh girl, let me tell you convo” could cost you your job or hurt someone you love? Has He told you to deal with your sin of gluttony and lack of self-control for food? I urge you to listen to His voice, the number one killer of women is heart disease, often linked to bad diets.
Peter shared about the ending of world, but I have been enlightened to share with you about the right now. God is being patient with us because He wants us to repent and move forward into a life of abundance through Him, in which we lack nothing. But we can’t move forward if the sins that we “know” are present are not dealt with.
Where would I be without Your Son Jesus? I am overwhelmed at your sacrifice and am indebted to You for shedding His blood to cover my sins. Lord, I know that there are some things that I need to deal with. I have some attitudes and actions that do not reflect You at all. Lord, please forgive me for taking Your covering, patience, and love for granted and not acting on the things that I should. Lord, please forgive me for not heeding to Your spirit in a timely fashion. Lord, I humbly ask that You give me a clean heart, renew in me a right spirit, and teach me Your ways so that I may live in the abundance You have promised me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you today not to wait until January 1st to set your resolution of self-betterment, but to start today. I do not know when God will decide to bring forth judgment, but what I do know is until then, I can be a better person, sister, wife, mother, girlfriend, confidant, and most of all a better Christian. I know what I need to do and stop doing. It’s time to stop playing the “waiting game” of waiting to get caught.
As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV) She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Khalilah resides in Millbrook, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three-year old daughter. They attend St. Luke Christian Church. Check out Khalilah’s Christian weight loss blog here.