2 Peter 3:8- But, beloved, do not be ignorant of this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
CEV-Dear friends, don’t forget that for the Lord one day is the same as a thousand years, and a thousand years is the same as one day.
When? When will God answer? When will God show up on my behalf? Why is God taking so long to do what He said He would do? Why has He not shown up yet on my behalf in this situation? Why does evil seems to be winning?
Does the above questions describe your attitude right now?
God's timing, as we can see from this text is not the same as our timing.
Kairos = (καιρός) is an Ancient Greek word meaning the right, critical or opportune moment. The indeterminate moment that is right for something to occur.
God does not operate on chronological time as we do. Kairos can not be measured. It is not time as we know it, it is the moment of God and not a set time.
Chronos = (/ˈkroʊnɒs/; Greek: Χρόνος, "time", pronounced [kʰrónos], which is chronological time that refers to time on a clock. Time that can be measured by seconds, minutes, hours or years.
Because God does not operate on our time schedule, we as humans have a tendency to not understand, panic, question or even doubt God's appointed timing.
God's timing of His moments in our lives are always perfect. Or, as the saints of old would say, "He is an on time God."
The writer of this text gives us a clear picture of how we see time and how God sees it to help us understand why God's moments does not match up with out time. He says one day is as a thousand years to God and one thousand years is as one day.
With life itself, we want to know how, why, when, what and where. We want to know what time, where to go, why not now, why is this happening, when will God answer, How do I know He wants me to do this and to go there and how are we gonna get there?
When will you show up Lord? In what time or hour will you come to my rescue? How long more will it be before you come to my rescue? Where is the promise of God's coming?
Are these a few of the questions that are running through your mind on today?
Peter wrote this text to teach and clarify God's moments vs man's timing to the "scoffers" who mocked the time of God's coming to deal with evil in the world.
Since God does not show up and do what He promises to do on the time on man's clock, does not mean that God will not do what He says He will do for His Word is true and will never return to Him void, but shall go forth and accomplish that which he has sent it to do.
Jesus will be back and this time as "Judge" and not "Savior."
Peter informs the mockers and reminds us on today that God does not operate in the time in which man does for with God one day is a thousand years and a thousand years is as one day with God.
In other words, God's moments are not in sync with man's time. God's timing may seem delayed as far as man is concerned, but God's moments are always perfect.
Peter wants to encourage us on to hold fast to our faith in this evil world through prayer and the Word of God and know without a doubt that God's appointed time in lives will be a moment of rejoicing when He does shows up, even if we do not understand His timing. Just believe!
Isaiah 55:8-9 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.
Our clock may seem to be running fast and out of time to us, but God's moments are not to be compared to our time for they are different.
It is in the "when, why's how,'s" of life where our faith, hope and trust in God has to kick in at a greater level than before.
Still wondering when? Trust God through the process. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.
Even in a world where wrong seems to be winning over right and evil seems to be on every hand, let's start today by getting our eyes off of the clock and put it on God and the task that He has assigned to us until He comes. He may be delayed on our clock, but on His clock of moments, He never tarries for He is always on time.
To us, it may seems that time for God to act and move in this evil world is taking so long, but remember, it is the Lord's will not none should perish but that all would come to repentance and be saved.
When God's moments meets time, I have no doubt that there would be no doubt that God is a God who keeps every promise concerning good and evil.
When? We do not know, but we do know that when time and moment connects, it will be a day of rejoicing for the people of God.