To the eternal God, time is of no consequence. It’s not that He doesn’t understand it, or that He doesn’t–in His own unique way–“follow” its happenings, but God is not bound to it or limited by it. He is eternal, and for people (who live mortal, finite lives in this world), that can be hard to fathom.
Peter understood that and so he explained it like this:
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
2 Peter 3:8
Now the context here is of the second coming Christ. Christians were getting restless while suffering persecution, wondering why Jesus doesn’t just “hurry up and come back already!” So Peter says “you’re thinking that it’s been so long since He left but to the eternal God, it’s been no time at all.” Presently it’s been a little over two-thousand years since the Lord ascended to His Heavenly throne. We’ve been waiting, perseucted and waiting, for two-thousand years.
Peter says, “that’s like two days.” It’s nothing. It’s barely any time at all.
We need patience.
Last night the Cubs won the World Series after going winless for 108 years. It was a remarkable win, and a great comeback to boot. They were down 3-1 in a “best of seven” series, meaning that the Indians only needed one more victory to win the whole thing. The Cubs rallied and won three straight, defying all the odds.
For literally over a century, Cubs fans have been waiting and waiting, suffering through close calls and terrible seasons. Through it all they have waited and waited, and while they did there were skeptics and critics who said “the Cubs will never win another World Series. It’s been 100+ years…if it hasn’t happened by now it’ll never happen.”
And then they went and won it. And fans across the country laughed and cheered and exclaimed that it was worth the wait.
Still today critics and scoffers say “Jesus has been gone for two-thousand years…the world has been terrible and the world has been good…He’s had plenty of opportunities to come back and He hasn’t…He’s NEVER coming back!”
But He will…and I intend to be ready. Because the wait is worth it.