Today's reading: 2 Peter 3:8-15
The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. (v. 9)
Beloved, while you are waiting... strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. (vv. 14-15a)
Anyone remember this song? (If you're too impatient to listen to the whole thing, the important lyric is: "Remember, remember that God is patient too, and think of all the times when others have to wait for you.")
I've been listening to that song (first from a vinyl LP, and for the past many years just playing in my head) for most of my life, and I always believed what it said about God's patience, but I always thought God was patient because patience is NICE (also a virtue, a fruit of the Spirit, etc.). But mostly NICE. Never did I think that God's patience is in fact an agent of our salvation.
What a relief to know that God is not like a suspicious parent, trying to surprise us and catch us in the act of disobedience or even unbelief. God is an infinitely loving parent, who wants all God's children to come Home, and has patience enough to slow down and let us catch up.
Even in a season where we sense ourselves to be waiting on God's arrival, God is also waiting--on us, on all His children, to return to His side.