Daily Lectionary: Isaiah 14:1-23; 2 Peter 3:1-18
The Lord is not negligent in keeping His promises as some consider negligence, but He is longsuffering with you, not wanting anyone to perish but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. God is not slow. He’s not asleep at the wheel while bad things happen to you. He’s not an absentee Father. It may feel that way sometimes. It feels that way sometimes and even looks that way outside the faith.
But you aren’t outside the faith. In Jesus, you see how God truly is in Christ. God created you. God moved the heavens and earth—literally the stars—in order for His Son to come to save you. “At just the right time, God sent His Son, born under a woman, born under Law, to redeem those who were under the Law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:5-6).
Everything that God does from creation until the Last Day, everything that He works, is for you to be saved in Jesus. He does good to save you. He even works evil things into good in order to save you, all so that He would be your God and you would be His children.
Faith sees this! Faith trusts that God makes all things new and good for you in Christ. He’s not asleep. He’s not slow. He’s not twiddling His thumbs when bad is happening to you! Faith knows quite the opposite! Faith trusts that God is good because faith believes that God has sent His Son to save us. If God loved us that way, if He gave up His only-begotten Boy, how much more is He going to work things out in this life for your good!
The same is true about the Last Day! God isn’t planning on the worst time to catch you in your worst moment to return. He’s not trying to damn you. You know this because of Calvary! Everything that He does is to save you and those around you. So He’s holding back the Last Day in order to try save as many as possible. He wants us to hear His Law and repent of the evil that we do daily and much. He wants us to fill our ears with His Gospel so that we would receive the life and salvation won for us by the suffering and death of Jesus.
God’s not messing around while you suffer. Stop that doubt! All you need to do is look at the resurrection! Jesus died and rose for you. God loves you. He’s even holding back the Last Day to save you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. –Rev. George Borghardt
Then stepped forth the Lord of all From His pure and kingly hall; God of God, yet fully man, His heroic course began. (Savior of the Nations, Come, LSB 332:4)