The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. - 2 Peter 3:9 NASB
We are all born with different personalities. I attended a personalities workshop yesterday that was geared towards helping people understand their own behavior style and appreciate how those different from us can be good for us in our teams. From my own personal application, some of us impatient types need the perspective and slower pacing that our kinder, gentler teammates bring to the table.
In 2 Peter, Peter is addressing the impatience of the persecuted Christians in Asia Minor, reminding them that God's justice would prevail - eventually. Peter reminds them that God's timing is different than their timing: "with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day." (2 Pe 3:9). He also reminds them that they should be thankful for God's patience, because God was also being patient with them. Truth be told, they could also have been judged by God. Peter reminds them of this when he says
...be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation... (2 Pe 3:14-15 NASB)
The patience of God is our salvation, not our persecution. I am glad that God is the patient "type". He is the perfect personality or behavior style blend. I am glad that While I sometimes struggle to be patient with myself and others, God is always patient with me. I suppose that patience is a good thing.
For further thought:
1) With what are you the most impatient?
2) How do you curb your desire to act "now"?
3) Where do you see others, God included being patient with you?
Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.