But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.- 2 Peter 3:8-10 ESV
In this short section of scripture we get an understanding of our struggle, the encouragement of our Victor, and HOPE; something to look forward to! Warriors need to understand- This too shall pass. IF you are a child of the LORD,then you will struggle on this part of your journey; Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. (1 Peter 4:12) But GOD”S promises keep us HOPEFUL and looking toward His Kingdom and HIS glory!
Leader, the Bible is a book of PROMISES. It is full of God’s promises to mankind and to each of HIS FOLLOWERS, personally. His promises are there to carry us through life’s struggles and times when we need His help just to survive. According to one person’s count, there are 3573 promises in the Bible- and I have heard some say upwards of 6000. The word PROMISE itself occurs over 50 times in the King James Version of the Bible. When we understand WHO God is, then we know we can have FAITH in HIM and HIS promises! He is absolutely trustworthy Num 23:19 See also Tit 1:2; Heb 6:13-18. He is unchanging Ps 110:4; Mal 3:6-7; Jas 1:17-18. He has the power and will to fulfill his promises Isa 55:11 See also Rom 4:21 and He is faithful in keeping all his promises Jos 21:45; Jos 23:14-15; 1Ki 8:56; Ps 145:13.
Conduit, Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.(Heb 10:23) We are to find our HOPE in HIM and HIS WORDS and the fulfillment of HIS promises. In an excerpt from Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman: O beloved, I plead with you not to treat God’s promises as something to be displayed in a museum but to use them as ever day sources of comfort. And whenever you have a time of need, trust the Lord. -Charles Spurgeon; “Go to the depths of God’s promise, And claim whatsoever you will; The blessing of God will not fail you, His Word He will surely fulfill. How can God say no to something He has promised.” Today, believe in God and HIS promises! He will NEVER leave you and HE will NEVER forsake you! Be HOPEFUL of HIS PROMISES of HIS timely return: When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. (John 14:3) He promises! Please Lord, do not tarry!