Keeping Your Promise

2 Peter 3:9 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.
The definition of a promise according to Websters 1812 Dictionary is “ a binding declaration of something to be done or given for another’s benefit.” Now the Lord has made many promises in his word. Some are promises to restore, some to chastise, some of His promises are to bless, and some are promises of His presence to heal, help, and to give hope. The promise given in the verse above is a promise to judge ungodly men. The context of this chapter in Peter is that the wicked believe that since the earth has continued just as it is since the flood of Noah with no major changes that God either does not exist or, since it has been so long since the flood of Noah that He must have forgotten or changed His mind about the future judgment of mankind.
Now many men have made promises and not kept them. This because they have either changed their plans, forgotten their promises, promised in haste, or just do not have the ability or resources to follow through on their promise. Probably all of us have not kept a promise because of one or all of these reasons. But God is not like us, He is not as man is. His memory is perfect, He never speaks hastily, and He has all of the resources one could imagine, and then some. So clearly God will never forget a promise that He has made and every promise that He has made He has perfectly kept. For those of us that are saved we do love His ability to keep promises. However, for the ungodly this is not good news. One day He will judge the wickedness of the ungodly and pour out His wrath upon them. But why has He not performed this? The reason that He has not yet poured out His wrath upon the ungodly is because He wants them to be saved. He is patiently waiting; and I’m glad that He is, because without His longsuffering and unwillingness to see people go to Hell, that’s where you and I would be today. Thank you Jesus for always keeping your promises.

~Pastor Kaiser

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