This morning, our guest speaker at church asked the question, “Why is God so slow?” It grabbed my attention, and I began to ponder this on a few different levels. I am glad God is slow.
First, I am glad God is slow in answering my prayers. God has frequently delayed answering my prayers (seemingly), but I learned that God’s delay is not God’s denial. God knows what is best, and He answers differently so that He changes me rather than my situation with the quick fix I asked for.
Second, I am glad God is slow to anger. Think about that for a minute! God does not react quickly in giving us the wrath we deserve. He is gracious and merciful. When you look at the history of Israel, you will see how He gave them multiple chances to get right with Him. He did not say, “Strike one, you’re out!”
Third, I am glad God is slow in giving hardheaded, hard hearted people a chance to be saved. Second Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” I know many who fought the call to salvation but eventually quit running from God (like we can do that anyway).
We are people who hate waiting. We want God to do what we want, when we want, and how we want. When you step back and really think about it, you and I should be glad God is slow. He knows what is best.