Standing On His Promises
“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.” II Peter 3:9
The neighbor next door to us growing up had a large tree in his front yard that I loved to climb. I am not sure how high it really was, but it sure seemed big to me. Growing up in the 80s, there was no risk management associated with climbing a tree, and I loved to climb all around up in that tree. It gave me a great view of the alley, and I was able to see the whole neighborhood.
One day, I was up in the tree looking around when I saw some guys running in the alley. I thought this to be unusual as they looked like they were up to something. Shortly after that, I saw a squad car chasing after the guys in the alley. The cops stopped their car as they had lost sight of the suspects and were dumbfounded as to where they went. They were looking all around when I waved them down from my perch in the tree.
I had seen the suspects run into a yard, and I directed the cops to where they went. I pictured myself as Frank Poncherello doing the dirty work and bringing people to justice. The cops gave me the thumbs up, but unfortunately my heroic act did not merit me an honorary police badge as I thought it should.
I used to think that God was the same way as He watched me from His perch in heaven. I always pictured him angrily looking down at me, just waiting for me to mess up. I knew He did not have to wait very long as I seemed to mess up every waking moment of my adolescence. I felt as though He was directing the “cops” in my life to catch me doing wrong things as I always seemed to get caught.
I did not see God as longsuffering (patient) or merciful. However, the older I got, the more I started to see God as loving, kind and merciful. I began to see that He truly did want what was best for me, and that I was created for a purpose and for His glory. He did see all my actions and know all my thoughts, and He knew I had to depend on Him to live a victorious Christian life. He did not desire my demise, but He wanted me to live an abundant life in and through Him. He drew me to Himself because He was not willing that I should perish. The first promise I fully depended on Him for was found in John 3:16 which states, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” I believed the promise of eternal life, and I accepted Him as my Lord and Savior. I came to realize He did not want me to perish, but He wanted me to come to repentance and enter into an eternal relationship with Him.
Where are you today friend? How do you picture God? Do you know that He loves you? Do you know that His promises can be trusted? Have you come to know that He is patient, and is waiting for you to open the door of your heart? Will you take Him at His Word? Will you trust in Him for your eternal salvation? May you come to know the goodness of the Lord, and may you be forever grateful for His promises that never fail.
Stay in the fight!