The shortest amount of time I have ever spent at the clinic is two hours. Sometimes the doctor is overbooked because he has critical patients who simply must be seen that day; I have been one of those patients. Sometimes he runs late because an emergency arrives that must be worked in; I have been one of those emergencies. I can hardly complain when someone does it to me.
Yet, even the night I had to wait until 7:00, I never doubted that I would be seen. I have never worried that someone would forget I was there and the doctor would leave.
It makes no sense to doubt God either. Sometimes we must wait a long time for the answer to a prayer, but it will come. Sometimes we must endure a trial far longer than we ever expected, but He has not forsaken us. How long did those faithful Jews wait for their Messiah? I have never waited that long for God, have you?
The world thinks that because the promised second coming has not happened in 2000 years it won’t happen at all. They think that proves God doesn’t even exist, completely ignoring the evidence of His existence all around them. That makes about as much sense as me deciding my doctor doesn’t exist because I have been sitting here waiting for three hours now, and my fellow patient in the next seat has waited four.
My doctor is worth the wait.
If ever anyone was worth a longer wait, it’s God.
Knowing this first, that in the last days mockers shall come with mockery, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For, from the day that the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willfully forget, that there were heavens from of old, and an earth compacted out of water and amidst water, by the word of God; by which means the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: but the heavens that now are, and the earth, by the same word have been stored up for fire, being reserved against the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But forget not this one thing, beloved, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness; but is longsuffering to you-ward, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance, 2 Pet 3:3-9.