Patience and MercyBro. David Chancellor
8/29/2010 6:00 PM
2 Peter 3:8-10
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
God wants all men to be saved. Why do some things continue as they are? God has a plan and he is still at work. God is not constrained by time like we are. We are running out of time. When we are out of time our life is over. God is longsuffering and patient. Our patience runs out. God takes it longer. We endure pain and trouble and look for it to be over. Sinners daily offend God, but he is longsuffering. It isn’t that God won’t execute judgment; he wants people to have opportunity to repent and be saved. He is merciful and this is why time continues. When God has seen there has been opportunity enough, he will call a halt to things. We don’t’ know when that time will be. God, in his mercy, wants us to find him before our limited time runs out.
Seek to fit into God’s plan and not be in a hurry to have it all done and over with. God’s extension of time is a great act of mercy. Use it to bring others to Christ.
And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held; And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
If we’re not careful, we’ll be this way. Be patient. There may be others that will suffer; God’s vengeance will come soon enough. Appreciate God’s patience and mercy for souls. Ask God to help you hold on and keep working for him. With the great flood he said it was enough, and he spared Noah and brought about Jesus. It is all about Jesus. Seek God to help you endure and be patient. God knows what he is doing when he lets the trouble come. Ask God to help you so that other souls can be saved.
Our lives pass quickly. Don’t give up. Seek God for patience and continue to lift him up.
Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.
We may feel like evil should be brought to a halt. In all the evil that goes on, God would draw sinners to himself. Time is prolonged because God is a merciful God. He wants souls to be saved.
Things will be well with the one that fears God. Remember that. The devil might tell you folks are getting by, but no one is. Things will go well with those who fear God and not so well with those who don’t. Walk with God daily. Stay with God and things will go well in the end.
If people are lost, it will be because they have refused God’s mercy. Sinning is the ultimate laziness. There may be things to overcome in the righteous way, but God gives grace. Though others seem to "get by" it’s worth it to turn to God.
Consider the parable of the fig tree and see how it pictures the mercy and longsuffering of God. God will extend mercy to every man. He wants everyone to come to repentance. Society may not have mercy, but God will do whatever he can for souls. We want people to have time to get down to business with God. We don’t want to be impatient. We want others to find God before the end comes. Are we stirred to pray for souls? Spend time for God’s purpose and his cause. Be concerned for sinners.
1 Peter 4:17-19
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God; and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
If we’re struggling to just get through life, what will happen to others? Get settled on God and be willing to endure whatever it takes to make it through. Don’t let things unsettle you or turn you aside. Be willing to go through what comes, for the sake of sinners’ souls. We want to be as effective as we can be. It will be well for those that fear God. Be faithful and be willing to bear some things. The world would try to make you feel bad for serving God. The world needs to know they won’t make it just because God is merciful; they must repent. We may have to suffer for that to happen. Commit things to God and keep doing what he said to do. Stay faithful to God. People need to come to a place of repentance and be saved. God is approachable, merciful and longsuffering.