The Second Week of Advent: Being Patient for Whatever Will Come

But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. 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. ” (2 Peter 3:8-9) 15a)

I have often thought that there was a good bit of time between Adam, Eve, and the Garden of Eden, and the coming of Christ. Many years also between Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. Many years until Moses was called out. And many years of the kingdoms of Judah and Israel. And yet the writer of 2 Peter says God is not slow.

And think about all the years from Jesus until now. Have any arisen like the Bible “heroes” we know of? It might seem like the Lord is slow – ever so slow to take more action in the history of humanity. Each year more humanity is created, and more that the Lord is “not wanting any to perish”.

These are some ponderings to have during Advent, when we are thinking “what are we waiting for?” It is more than just thoughts about the baby Jesus; it is thoughts about who we are as the Lord’s people, and our growth and development of our Christian faith. Especially in the Advent year when the over all theme is coming back to renewal of faith and devotion. Sometimes we come back because there is no where else to go.

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.” (2 Peter 3:10)

We may wait for Advent; but just as the writer of 2 Peter tells us the Lord is not slow, we are also told that the Lord will return at the most unexpected time. And we may very well want more time then!

Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.” (2 Peter 3:11-13)

Our Advent wait is part of the longer wait for the Lord Christ to return. Unlike when Christ came a baby with much heralding and foretelling, the writer of 2 Peter says there will be little warning. And it will not be the gentleness of a baby, but the fiery return of the Almighty.

Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. (2 Peter:3 14-15a)

The way we wait, beloved reader, is as important as what we wait for. This is one of the things we can learn during Advent – to wait, and to wait wisely for what we know will eventually come. May our Lord blessing your waiting!