8 But don’t forget this one thing, beloved, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some count slowness; but he is patient with us, not wishing that anyone should perish, but that all should come to repentance. - 1 Peter 3:8-9 (WEB)
Advent is finally here and the year 2020 will soon be over. I had great hopes for his year, as did many others. Yet the plans did not workout: church services were canceled, weddings were postponed or cutback, school graduations and parties were canceled, and even the 4th of July celebration in Franklin were reduced. The year 2021 can not come fast enough, for me.
The Jewish people waited for hundreds of years the the promised savior to come and free them, from their enemies. Emmanuel (God with us), could not come fast enough. To them God seemed slow in acting.
We too seem to think God is not moving fast enough for us. We want things now, and do not understand what is taking God so long to act. Yet Peter knew that God was working for the best. He wants all people to come to repentance and so He acts in ways that are best for all of us.
With the coming of Advent we prepare for the birth the the Christ child, Jesus. The plans we have today will most probably be different from what we wanted or hoped, from the start of the year, yet Christmas will still come and we will still have “God with us” this Christmas season. God is not slow but still at work through the child born in Bethlehem, Jesus Christ.