“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 impatience of human nature is often found accusing God of hesitating, of forgetting about us, of holding off too long on the delivering of His goodness and peace to us. We may feel as if His promises are false or at the very least, elusive and distant from us, a dream merely to be endlessly hoped for.
But it is God’s patience with each of us that is going on. His promises are never slow or unready or dishonest. He is always faithful. It is He Who is patient with us, in the sense that His goodness and righteousness never leaves or deviates, but continues to require the full destruction of the errors of human sense, and the full revelation of man as God’s own child.
He will accept nothing less than perfection, so He does not allow us to miss a single vital and glorious and joyful step in our acceptance of the full freedom He has promised. No one is left out of this promise, and no mere request can bring us into a life that we have not fully accepted for ourselves. God is leading us patiently, with intimacy and tenderness, step by step, slowly or quickly, toward the full realization of the Life that He has made and the perfecting Love that He daily abundantly bestows.
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