2 Peter 3:9 - What Is Taking The Lord So Long In Coming Back?

2 Peter 3:9 (KJV) 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 (NIV) The Lord is not slow in 
keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He 
is patient with you, not wanting anyone to 
perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 

2 Peter 3:9 (NLT) The Lord isnt 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 (CWR) This doesnt mean that 
the Lord is slow in keeping His promises, or 
that He does things only when He gets around to 
it.  Time has gone on only because of Gods 
patience and kindness. He loves everyone, even the 
wicked, and He doesnt want anyone to lose out on 
heaven but to turn from their sins and be saved. 


God is long-suffering, not willing that any 
should perish; but His forbearance has a limit, and 
when the boundary is past, there is no second 
probation. His wrath will go forth and He will destroy 
without remedy.  7BC946 


Your Most Important Decision
   The most important decision that youll 
ever make is far more important than what career 
path you choose or whom you marry, as important 
as those decisions are. 
   No, the most important decision that 
youll ever make is what you will do with Jesus 
Christ who died on the cross for your sin. He paid 
for every wrong youve ever committed, and He 
rose from the dead. Now He stands at the door of 
your life and knocks. He says that if youll 
hear His voice and open the door, He will come 
   The question is, will you open the door? 
Or, will you pretend that you dont see Him? 
To refuse to open the door when Hes clearly 
there knocking is a rejection. So you can either 
open the door and ask Christ to come in, or you 
can leave the door closed and effectively say to 
Him, I dont want You in my life.  
   Is that what you want to do? Jesus said, 
He who is not with Me is against Me (Matthew 
12:30 NKJV). Your choice today is saying yes 
or no to Jesus. And heres the result 
of your choice: Heaven or Hell. 
   Hell is real, and the last thing God 
wants is for anyone made in His image to spend 
time in this horrible place created for the devil 
and his angels. You will have to practically 
climb over Jesus to get there. But if you are 
determined, then God will allow you to pursue the course 
you want. And youll have no one to blame but 
yourself on that final day. 
   Instead, what God wants is for you to be 
forgiven. God wants you to go to Heaven. He wants a 
relationship with you, a friendship with you. And He 
wants it to start now. [Greg Laurie from Harvest 
Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] mod 

New Day, New Opportunity to Fulfill Your 
   God only uses imperfect, broken people. 
If God only used perfect people, nothing would 
get done because perfect people dont exist! 
   If youre willing to be used by God, he 
will use you no matter what youve done in the 
past. Your mission hasnt changed. 
   Jonah was an ordinary guy who didnt 
even want to do what God told him to do. Yet God 
gave him another chance, and he did what hed 
been called to do. 
   Even though he obeyed God, Jonah carried 
out his assignment with a bad attitude. Yet God 
still used him. 
   God gave Jonah a seven-word sermon: In 
forty days Nineveh will be destroyed! (Jonah 
3:4 GNT). That simple message led to one of the 
largest spiritual revivals in history. A huge city 
humbly turned to God. Its really a bigger 
miracle than getting Jonah out of the belly of a big 
   God used this imperfect, reluctant 
prophet to lead an incredible revival. 
   God was patient with Jonah and never gave 
up on him. God wont give up on you either. 
   The Bible says, [The Lord] is being 
patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be 
destroyed, but wants everyone to repent (2 Peter 3:9 
   If you wake up tomorrow morning, it means 
God is giving you one more day - another 
opportunity - to fulfill your mission. 
   Expect God to use you. And he will. 
[Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 


   "If there is a God and He is good, as you 
say He is," someone asks, "why does He allow 
suffering in the world? Why doesn't He just get rid of 
it?" There is an answer to that question - if 
people are willing to hear it. Suffering gets its 
start in sin. It's just part of the "package" of 
living in a fallen world that has ignored God and 
gone its own way. So if God were to get rid of 
suffering, He'd also have to get rid of sin. And if He 
did that, untold billions of people would be 
burnt to a crisp in a nanosecond. Today's 
Scripture reads, "He is patient with you, not wanting 
anyone to perish, but everyone to come to 
repentance." God delays closing the curtain on suffering 
and sin because it gives more time for us to 
tell people who ignore God about the grace of our 
Savior, Jesus Christ. Let's do that today  while 
there is time.  
   Lord, please open my eyes to the 
opportunities You bring across my path today. If I have 
the chance to share a Scripture, put it into my 
mind. If it's just a word that's needed, help me 
to speak that word. If there is only time for a 
friendly smile, help me to smile from the heart. [A 
Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada and Larry 


If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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