Sometimes, from our puny human perspective on things, it seems as if God is doing nothing. Evil consumes the world in all kinds of insidious forms: human trafficking and the sex slave trade; corrupt governments with no concern for the welfare of its nation’s citizens; oppressive regimes that rule on the backs of the poor; terrorism with no regard to innocent life; Christians displaced from their homes and martyred for their faith; human rights violations in all kinds of sweat shops and dangerous working conditions – and that is just to name a few – not to mention what we personally might be facing in the hard circumstances of life. We might wonder why God seems so silent in the face of such injustice.
It is into such concerns that the Apostle Peter wrote to a group of struggling believers in Jesus who could not rectify their present difficult situation with the promise of God to act justly. In fact, Jesus was supposed to return and make everything right. Where is he?! Peter’s response: “Dear friends, don’t forget that for the Lord one day is the same as a thousand years, and a thousand years is the same as one day. The Lord isn’t slow in keeping his promises, as some people think he is. God is patient, because he wants everyone to turn from sin and no one to be lost.”
The seeming inactivity of God is really him showing patience and forbearance, graciously and carefully reaching out in the darkness so that more and more people can be saved from their empty ways of life before it is too late. Where, from our angle it seems like a lack of concern, from God’s perspective is a show of incredible grace. The Lord will return. Until then, we are participate with him in showing grace and love to those who need the light of Christ, even if it means we must endure some of the evil muck of this world.
Patient God, you show steadfast love even when I am slow to recognize it. Enable me to be patient and endure to the end. Bring more and more people under your benevolent rule, and reach the unreachable with your massive mercy, through Jesus Christ. Amen.