Papa Joe’s Solid Ground

Is It Time Yet?

“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”  (2 Peter 3:9)

Men this is a scripture we rarely hear, yet is so important because it reveals the heart of our God.  His compassion for His creation is incomprehensible; (definition- subject to no limits, impossible to fully understand or comprehend).  We all want to know when will God have enough of this cruel, and corrupt world we live in?  How much more must we endure, immorality, no reverence for our Creator, no respect for the sanctity of life, the rule of law that once governed this great nation under God seemingly non-existent?  A people completely rebelling against God, and the constitution we so much treasured at one point in the history of our country.   A document that was written by men but guided by a higher authority, the word of God.  Better yet how much more should our holy, and reverent God endure?

Yes it is hard to imagine how far we have fallen, but all one has to do is open his eyes, and ears.  Only then will it become very obvious how we arrived at our present state.  God tells us in our featured scripture that, “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness.  Let’s agree on this men; the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob knows exactly what He is doing, Amen.   After all, He is God the King of Kings, the Creator of all things apart from Him nothing came into being.  So if this is true He must have a reason for not showing up when we think it’s time.  As much as I want this sin to end I am confident that His timing is perfect, and that there is good reason for what we consider to be a delay.  Again, His timing is perfect, He is the author of life.  He knows the beginning, the journey in between, and the end.  I’m good with that, how about you?

In the next part of our scripture He tells us why He is not slow by explaining His purpose, and plan for the time at hand; “but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”  Our God, who detests sin, is allowing it to continue until the very last soul, that He draws to Him, come into His saving grace before the hammer goes down.  In other words men, He is showing great restraint waiting for that last soul.  This verse reveals to me the amazing grace God has for His sheep/believers.  As always when we search the scriptures God reveals more of His plan to us.  The love He has for us is  incomprehensible!  His word breathes life into each one of us that believe, and take the time to study it.  “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”  (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Here are three exercises, or tools that will help our progress on our path to fall in love with Jesus:

  1. Prayer
  2. Into the word daily
  3. The fellowship of believers.

Men These Three Verses If Applied To Your Daily Walk, Will Change Your Life:

“This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;” (James 1:19)

“Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)

“But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” (James 1:22)

Today can be the first day of your new life. Fall in love with the One who loves us so, Jesus Christ.

Seek the Adventure, Strength and Honor, Papa Joe!

















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