Thursday, March 05, 2009
Time and Space Continuum and the AWE Factor
You need to see Francis Chan's video The Awe Factor of God, to appreciate this picture.
2 Peter 3: 8-9 Do not let this one FACT escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord, one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years is as one day. The Lord is not slow about His promises, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentence.
The Message Bible translates that this way:
Don't overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn't late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn't want anyone lost. He's giving everyone space and time to change.
It is finished already. He sees the beginning, the middle and the end. He HAS granted us EVERYTHING pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3) so we need not see and focus on our lack. Time doesn't matter to him.
All it takes is that ONE moment for everything to change. He isn't constrained by anything.
He wants us to stay focused on the good things.
Diligence ---> faith ---> moral excellence ---> knowledge ---> self-control ---> perserverence ---> godliness ---> brotherly kindness ---> unconditional love (1 Pet 1: 5-11)