How do I Know What God’s Will is for My Life?
“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.” 2 Peter 3: 9B
The writer of this passage was speaking to people who were doubting the second return of Jesus, saying from the time of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, we have been hearing the same thing…the Lord soon come, and here it is now and he has not yet returned.
We are in that time now, where many are saying, repent the Lord is soon to come, you can only look at the evil that exists in the world today to see the signs of the time written about in the book of revelation. There are also those scoffers who are mocking and laughing, they consider the things of God to be foolish and outdated.
2 Peter 3:9B gives us a clues into the nature or character of God. This passage of scripture shows, us that he is patient, he is forgiving, and he is compassionate.
We understand from Isaiah 59 v 1-2 with emphasis on verse 2 says that our actions have separated us from God. His compassion drives him to be patient with you, allowing you the space and opportunity to repent. Our sins have separated us from Him, however a posture of repentance and salvation through his son Jesus Christ restores us into a relationship with our God, that is what he is waiting for.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. Jesus is called the sacrificial lamb because he served as a sacrifice for the purification of our sins, not his sins, because remember He was blameless. Before his crucifixion, in order for God to forgive the sins of man, a Levitical priest would take the ram, goat, oxen, bull by the horns and confess the sins of the people, thereby transferring those sins to the animal. Once the animal was slain the blood was then used to to complete the process of cleansing the people of God ( Israel) of their sin.
We must not take God’s patience for granted and become complacent, we do not know when he will make his appearance, but we know it will be sudden, you may not have time to think, react or even pray. If today you hear the voice of the Lord calling you to to a relationship with him, do not ignore his voice ( Psalm 95: 7b-8).
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, so that whoever believed in him should not perish, but that all may come to repentance John 3: 16. God not only loved his people Israel but he loved you as well. Even though you may not have been born physically at the time of the crucifixion, you existed in the mind of God and his will for your life was your salvation and redemption so that you may have fellowship and a relationship with him. Jesus Christ became the sacrifice for us all, he is our High Priest, he took our sins upon himself and gave his life, his blood shed on the cross, gave us a the ability to be reconciled to God. What love! What Compassion! What Grace! He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.