Now listen carefully to these words my friends. “Do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to peerish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:8-9). Notice the similarity between these verses and the following statement by Moses: “For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night” (Psalm 90:4). In the same psalm, Moses observed, “The length of our days is seventy years–or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away” (Psalm 90:10). If one thousand years equaled one day, our seventy years would last for only about one and two thirds hours.
If we equate one thousand years with “a watch in the night” (a three-hour period of time), our seventy-year life span reduces to 12.6 minutes! On this scale, our entire earthly existence passes as a momentary blur. By contrast, the Lord inhabits all of eternity: “from everlasting you are God” (Psalm 90:2).
Peter indicates, however, that the reverse is also true; “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years” From that perspective, God has only waited two days since the first advent of his Son. We could just as well say, by extension, that for God an infinitesimal moment is like eternity and eternity like an infinitesimal moment. God views all things as part of an eternal now, and, in each moment, he has all the “time” he needs to provide for each of us the individual care he has promised.
Do you believe that the Sovereign God has given you enough time to accomplish his purposes for your life? God’s plan for you has been unfolding since the beginning of earthly time. He calls you to seek out his plan for your life and act on it. What steps can you take today to begin the work God has called you to do in your family, personal and professional life? In Jesus name, Amen.