The Reason

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Before you begin today’s study, spend some time in prayer. Ask God to reveal Himself through His Word.

Write your own definition for the word patient. Include qualities and characteristics of patience.

Read and study 2 Peter 3:8-9 in your Bible.

“Dear friends, don’t let this one thing escape you: With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.”

—2 Peter 3:8-9

Ask yourself:

• How does your definition of patience compare to the concept presented in these verses? Explain.

• There is a reason for God’s patience. (See v. 9). Why does His patience work to our benefit?

• Why is it important that God is a patient God?

PATIENT adj.= Long-suffering; steadfast; slow to anger, especially in response to sin

Respond

• Meditate on verse 9 of this passage. Praise God for being patient with you and offering salvation through His Son, Jesus.

• For further study on waiting patiently for Christ, read James 5:7-8.

Behind the Story

The word repentance (v. 9) doesn’t mean to just “tell God you are sorry.” It’s acknowledging and turning away from wrong behaviors. Jesus’ words in Luke 5:32 are a reminder of His mission on Earth—to call sinners to repentance. Repentance is essential to knowing God and experiencing His salvation.

The Point

God is not slow, as it sometimes seems. He is always patient toward sinners, giving us time to respond to His invitation.


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