“The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent” (2 Peter 3:9, NLT).

Along with wondering why God doesn’t stop all the suffering goes the question, why doesn’t Christ come back and set up his Kingdom right now? Churches and “prophets” have been setting dates for years, even though Jesus himself didn’t even know when the end would come (Matthew 24:36). It’s best to live every day to the full and not worry about the future, realizing the end will most likely come when we draw our last breath.

We can’t hurry things along by setting dates and shouldn’t try to manipulate people by scaring them into repentance before the return of Christ. The Bible isn’t clear on this anyway, as exemplified by the lack of agreement on the subject (see the Four Views books for instance). God has a plan, which begins and ends with Jesus and he will not be hurried. His patience shouldn’t be confused with slowness or slackness, as some translations have it. His kindness toward all of humanity and his desire for everyone to turn to him can be somewhat incomprehensible to us, but we can trust his wisdom, be assured of his love and live in his grace until the end, however and whenever it comes.

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