Jump to Prayer FocusBible Passage For Meditation: 2 Peter 3:1-13
Key Verse: “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
“Why, God?” I cried as I knelt beside my bed in prayer. It had been a rough week. I was worn out by all the emotional and physical pain I had seen around me. “Why can’t you just put an end to all this suffering and come take us to heaven tonight?”
As I knelt by my bed, feeling that the burdens I was bearing were too much, I suddenly felt God impressing me with how incredibly selfish my prayer really was. It was as if God was asking me, “Do you realize the amount of pain I am going through, Zac, how much it hurts My heart to intimately know the suffering, burdens, and pain of more than seven billion people on the planet? Do you realize that every day I prolong My coming, I feel an amount of suffering beyond anything you can begin to imagine?”
As I contemplated these things, my thoughts turned to my wife and how much it breaks my heart to watch her when she is in pain or sick. I would rather be the one suffering than watch her suffer any day. I feel this way because I know her better, and love her more, than any other human being. And yet, God knows and loves each human being far more than I love my dear wife, Leah.
Just think: He knows and suffers with every starving child, every sex slave, every orphan, and every victim of war, cancer, abuse, or depression. Why not end it? Why is He so patient and longsuffering with this wicked world? It’s because there is at least one more precious soul that He knows, if given an opportunity, will repent and choose to live with Him forever. And He’s not willing that even one person perish who might be saved (2 Peter 3:9).
“Our world is a vast lazar house, a scene of misery that we dare not allow even our thoughts to dwell upon. Did we realize it as it is, the burden would be too terrible. Yet God feels it all. In order to destroy sin and its results He gave His best Beloved, and He has put it in our power, through co-operation with Him, to bring this scene of misery to an end. ‘This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.’ Matthew 24:14” (Education, p. 264).
We have the opportunity to lessen the pain in God’s heart. Will we act now? Will we allow Him to use us to hasten the day when He can finally put all suffering to an end?
Heart Prayer Challenge:
Precious Father in heaven, thank You for enduring another day of unimaginable pain so that more people can be saved, for if I were that one still drifting, I would hope You’d hold back heaven a few days longer just for me to be able to spend eternity with You. Forgive us as a church for so selfishly and indifferently living our lives, unconcerned about those dying in sin all around us. Burden us with a passion to see the lost come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Please fill us more fully with Your Holy Spirit so that we can be Your witnesses. Please empower us to speed the day of Your coming! We love You and want to do everything possible to ease the pain in Your infinite heart of love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
By Pastor Zac Page
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