Reading from 2 Peter 3:8-9
8 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. 9 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.
The question is often asked by the lost, “If God is so loving and good, or if there is a God at all, then why does He allow such bad things to happen?”
The answer is partly found in Genesis and partly found in 2 Peter.
In Genesis, God gave man dominion over all the earth-a perfect earth. But man disobeyed God and forfeited the title deed to the earth to Satan. Now, he, Satan, is the god of this world. Sin brought calamity to the earth. God did not bring calamity to this earth, man did. “Ok, so why doesn’t God stop it?” The answer to that question is found in 2 Peter, chapter 3.
God did stop all the perversion and wickedness and lawlessness in Noah’s day. He sent a world-wide flood and wiped out the entire human race saving only Noah and his wife, their three sons and their wives. However, sin was still in the heart of man, so calamity continued.
God has a plan for redemption and his plan is transpiring as we live. His perspective of time is not the same as ours. We see days and weeks and months and years, but God sees eternity. His desire is to allow all men the opportunity to be redeemed. When his time clock has run its course, He will execute the final portion to secure a new heaven and a new earth, perfect once again with sinless beings. Amen! Even so, come Lord Jesus!