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Day Five – God’s Timing

Friday, February 27th, 2015

2 Peter 3:8-9 (NIV) - “But 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. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

Psalm 90 (NIV)

Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
2 Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

3 You turn people back to dust,
saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”
4 A thousand years in your sight
are like a day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.
5 Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death-
they are like the new grass of the morning:
6 In the morning it springs up new,
but by evening it is dry and withered.

7 We are consumed by your anger
and terrified by your indignation.
8 You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your presence.
9 All our days pass away under your wrath;
we finish our years with a moan.
10 Our days may come to seventy years,
or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
11 If only we knew the power of your anger!
Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due.
12 Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

13 Relent, Lord! How long will it be?
Have compassion on your servants.
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen trouble.
16 May your deeds be shown to your servants,
your splendor to their children.

17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us-
yes, establish the work of our hands.

When Peter says that “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day,” he is reminding the people of God of the truth of Psalm 90:4.  In Psalm 90, the psalmist (Moses) speaks of God’s creation of and lordship over all of creation, including humanity and time.  God is eternal, and to Him, “a thousand years are like day that has just gone by.”  (v.4)  As for us, “our days may come to seventy years, or eighty if our strength endures.” (v. 10)

Yet, he prays, “Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.”  (v. 1) Because of this, Moses can say to the eternal God, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom,” (v. 12) and “establish the work of our hands for us - yes, establish the work of our hands.” (v. 17)

Let’s pray for our churches today according to Psalm 90.  May we know how great our God is - He is the Lord over all creation.  Let’s ask that the creator of us and the creator of time will “teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom,” and that God Himself will “establish the work of our hands for us.”  Let’s pray for the ministries of our church and churches, that they will be established by God and will bear fruit.  Let’s also pray for those that God is giving us to love and serve.  Let’s pray for them according to verse 14; may they experience God’s unfailing love and respond in worship and praise.

Day Four – Patience and Suffering

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Day Three – Patience and Endurance

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Day Two – Patience and Forgiveness

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Day One – The Lord is Not Slow…

Monday, February 23rd, 2015